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Five men have been arrested by the Flying Squad following an attempted smash and grab on the Breitling store at Westfield Shopping Centre in Stratford, early this morning. 

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Flying Squad have arrested five people following an attempted smash and grab at Westfield Shopping Centre in Stratford.

Shortly after midnight, four men were seen approaching the store on the ground floor of the shopping centre armed with axes and hammers. The men smashed the window of the store but were arrested at the scene before they could steal any goods.

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A fifth man, waiting in a vehicle outside the shopping centre, made off from the scene but was subsequently traced to an address in Islington and arrested.

All five men are now in custody and officers from the Flying Squad are investigating.

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