December 6 2013 Latest news:
Kay Atwal, Chief Reporter
Monday, September 9, 2013
Five men charged in connection with an attempted smash and grab at a jewellery store in Westfield Stratford City have appeared in court.
Steven Raine, 28, Wayne Worrell, 23, Kaval Kaychurn, 23, Ronan O’Brien, 25, Ian Rawlings, 20, appeared at Lavender Hill Magistrates Court on Friday charged with conspiracy to rob a jewellery store at the shopping centre on September 5.
They were remanded in custody and are due to appear at Kingston Crown Court on September 20.
Four men approached Breitling jewellers on the ground floor of the shopping centre shortly after midnight and began smashing the glass cases.
Nothing was stolen and the suspects were arrested at the scene as a result of a proactive operation involving Newham’s Flying Squad and officers from the SCO19 Specialist Firearms Command.
A fifth suspect, who was waiting outside in a van, drove off but was later traced to an address in Islington and arrested.