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Man faces court over gems raid

An unemployed man is due to appear in court accused of taking part in a smash-and-grab jewellery raid in which Rolex watches were hurled at police.

James Smith, 26, of Staveley Close, Islington, north London, will appear at Kingston Magistrates' Court charged with aggravated burglary.

He was arrested by officers investigating a £500,000 raid at the Bentall Centre in Kingston, south-west London, in the early hours of Wednesday .

A gang armed with sledgehammers smashed their way through glass doors and targeted a branch of Fraser Hart jewellers.

They grabbed handfuls of watches made by Tag Heuer, Rolex and Chanel before making off on mopeds at speed.

Several suspects were arrested after a chase involving several police units assisted by a helicopter in which stolen watches were thrown at officers.

Two men, aged 23 and 32, have been released on bail pending further inquiries until late October.

A fourth man, aged 21, has been released with no further action.

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