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Two charged over 40m jewel raid

Graff Jewellers
Rings, bracelets, necklaces, watches and earrings were taken in the raid

Two men have been charged in connection with a £40m armed robbery at a central London jewellery store.

Craig Calderwood, 26, and Solomun Beyene, 24, are accused of "conspiring with others" to rob Graff jewellers in New Bond Street, Scotland Yard said.

Mr Calderwood, of no fixed abode, and Mr Beyene, of north London, have also been charged with a firearms offence in connection with the raid on 6 August.

The pair are due to appear before Wimbledon magistrates later.

£1m reward

Forty-three pieces, including rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings and watches, were stolen in what was the biggest ever jewellery raid in the UK.

Two shots were fired as the robbers made their escape.

Insurers put up a £1m reward in an effort to find those responsible.

A third man arrested in connection with the robbery remains in police custody.

Last week a 50-year-old man was arrested in Ilford, east London, by police investigating the raid. He was released on bail pending further inquiries.



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