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Teenagers held over London's Westfield jewellery raid

Westfield shopping centre
Westfield in London is said to be one of the largest shopping centres in Europe

Three teenagers have been arrested in connection with robberies at two jewellery stores inside west London's Westfield shopping centre.

Tens of thousands of pounds worth of items were taken when raiders targeted De Beers and Tiffany & Co in the early hours of Wednesday.

Police said about 10 men wearing balaclavas used sledgehammers to break a fire door to get into the centre

Three males, aged 15, 17 and 18, were arrested in Camden, north London.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said the gang escaped in three cars, one of which was followed by police, before officers lost sight of it.

Private security

Officials at Westfield, which opened in October 2008 and houses more than 250 shops, said it was the first burglary of its kind to take place at the centre.

A spokeswoman for the shopping centre said: "Westfield is working closely with the Metropolitan Police to identify suspects and recover property.

"No-one was injured during the incident, which took place whilst the shopping centre was closed, and our on site security staff responded immediately as did the local police."

The Westfield shopping complex pays for its own private security staff and police teams under an agreement with Hammersmith and Fulham Council.

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