Friday, 30 December 2011

Grabbing menaces

My thoughts on the smash and grabbers who terrorise Central London

Today’s Richard Kay column in the Daily Mail features the story of a robbery at the Lowndes Street boutique Herve Leger.

The scene of the robbery at Herve Leger on Friday 23rd December 2011

After returning from a most pleasant evening enjoying a performance of Richard II at The Donmar Warehouse by Eddie Redmayne on 23rd December, I witnessed the scene of this crime at around about 1am with my friend who lives just around the corner.

At the time, we both commented that this type of crime has become far from commonplace in Knightsbridge and sadly it is not the first instance of such I’ve seen in 2011.

The scene of the robbery at The Watch Gallery in March 2011

Earlier in the year, I also witnessed a ram raid by thieves on scooters at The Watch Gallery on Fulham Road and my friend’s sister’s shop in Primrose Hill, Press, regularly suffers at the hands of these menaces. Bond Street and Sloane Street, equally, are favourites of these vagabonds and frankly it is time something is done to stop them.

Masha Markova, the owner of Herve Leger and wife of Robert Hanson, takes the right attitude of the thieves, who managed barely a minute in the store before having to flee, when she stated: “They were not well informed.”

These sledgehammer wielding thugs are not thieves who steal because of hunger. They are cowardly opportunists who deserve to be severely punished.

Herve Leger, Lowndes Street, London, SW1X 9HY. Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7201 2590. Website:

The Watch Gallery, 129 Fulham Road, London, SW3 . Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7581 3239. Website:

Press of Primrose Hill, 3 Erskine Road, London, NW3 3AJ. Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7449 0081. Website:

1 comment:

InspectorMorse said...

I assume they are mostly gypsy types. Where do they wear such fancy clothes and watches to?