Jewels raid victim had bag stolen


Dorchester robbery

A woman mown down by raiders fleeing police after carrying out a robbery at one of the UK's most famous hotels had her bag stolen as she lay injured in the street, police said.

Six men on three mopeds were escaping with their haul of watches and jewellery from London's Dorchester Hotel when the 25-year-old became caught up in the drama.

One of the bikes struck her in Cambridge Circus, about a mile from the scene of the raid, as the gang fled, leaving her with leg injuries that required hospital treatment.

The woman, who had been crossing the road, was thrown about six feet in the air before landing 20 feet along the road, unconscious.

As she lay injured, a man approached her and made off with a brown leather bag which contained her purse, iPod and other personal possessions.

She was taken to a south London hospital, and has since been discharged.

Detectives said the man was white, in his mid 20s, with short dark hair, carrying a black and white Nike rucksack and a sleeping bag.

Detective Constable Alex Flanagan said: "I am keen to trace the man seen carrying the injured woman's handbag shortly after she had been hit by one of the fleeing mopeds.

"The victim was rendered unconscious following the collision and was in an extremely vulnerable position. We are keen to establish who this man is and are calling on the public in helping us identifying him."

Earlier today police released CCTV images of three men entering the hotel's revolving doors just after 1.30am yesterday morning.

Three of the six men involved made their way inside and used sledge hammers in what police described as a smash and grab robbery which lasted a matter of minutes.

The other three men are shown to wait outside as their accomplices smashed a number of display cabinets and stole watches and jewellery.

Police came across the incident at 1.37am and gave chase but lost sight of the suspects in the area of Shaftesbury Avenue, about a mile from the hotel.

There have been no arrests.

Yesterday a spokeswoman for the Dorchester said: "We can confirm that there was an incident at the hotel in which showcases were damaged. The hotel security team were quick to respond and the matter is now in the hands of the police.

"As ever the comfort and security of our guests and employees remains our top priority."

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