SEVEN MEN who carried out an armed robbery at a central London home are being sought by police.
The break-in took place yesterday (Apr 22) during the early hours of the morning at a flat in Westbourne Gardens, in the Paddington area.
Police said four men, two armed with handguns and one with a large butcher’s knife, forced their way into the property while three other men waited outside the flat before 1.10am.
Three people were inside the flat at the time – a married couple and another man, who were threatened by the robbers before they stole a quantity of cash, mobile phones, passports and other identity documents.
The three victims are all United Arab Emirates nationals.
The four suspects who broke into the flat are described as black and were wearing masks.
Detective superintendent David Manning said: “Although those involved were not injured they were left traumatised by their ordeal. I would appeal to anyone with any information or any witnesses to contact us as soon as possible to identify those involved.”
The Met’s assistant commissioner Mark Rowley added: “This is obviously a frightening incident for those involved, but I would like to reassure visitors to the capital that they will be safe here.
“We pride ourselves that London is a much safer city than many other global cities.
“Obviously we understand there are concerns about recent incidents, but I would reiterate that officers are doing all they can to find those responsible for this latest incident.”
Rowley also claimed that there is no evidence to suggest other incidents involving attacks and thefts on UAE nationals in London are connected.
He added that police believe the victims of the latest robbery were not targeted because of their nationality.
Anyone with information is asked to called Westminster CID on 0778 818 6208, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or the police non-emergency line on 101