Flying Squad Officer Seriously Injured in Hospital following Piccadilly Robbery

Four met Police Flying Squad Officers have been hurt during an operation against a gang who attempted to flee the scene of a smash and grab on two mopeds.

As officers arrest four men on Wednesday 3rd August during a pre-planned intelligence led operations in central London as the flying squad stopped a smash and grab robbery at a jewellery store on Piccadilly.

During the arrest four Flying Squad officers were hurt and required hospital treatment.

The Flying Squad leaped into action at 11.25am when the gang smashed their way into the store and attempted to steal a quantity of jewellery.

As the gang attempted to leave the Flying Squad moved fast to arrest the men who became violent towards the officers. Taser was quickly discharged a number of times. During the incident four officers were injured two suffered minor injuries; a third officer suffered a laceration injury which required hospital treatment.

A fourth officer remains a serious but stable condition in hospital after he was struck by a moped driven by the suspects as they attempted to flee the scene.

All four men were arrested on suspicion of robbery and have been taken to central London police stations. One of the men arrested reported being unwell after he was booked into custody and was transferred to hospital. He has now been released and is back in police custody.

Two axes, a knife and machete were all recovered at the scene. No jewellery was taken by the suspects.