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Last Updated: Friday August 21 2009 06:50 GMT

Two charged with 40m jewel theft

A jewellery shop in London

Two men have been charged in connection with Britain's biggest ever jewellery robbery, worth £40m.

The robbery happened on 6 August at Graff jewellers in Mayfair, central London. The men were also charged with having a gun.

During the robbery two shots were fired and 43 pieces of jewellery taken.

Ever since it happened police have been looking for the people behind it, and now two men have been charged - Solomun Beyene, 24, and Craig Calderwood, 26.

They were charged with "conspiring with others" to rob the jewellery shop.

Jewels
Some of the jewels taken in the robbery

Among the items taken were a pair of white round diamond double hoop earrings, a yellow diamond flower necklace, platinum white marquise diamond ring and a men's 45mm chronograph watch.

Another man was arrested earlier in the week in connection with the crime, and he is still being questioned by police.