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City Matters Edition 060

City Matters Edition

SOCIAL SPOTLIGHT Social entrepreneurs hijack Building Public Trust awards as industry figureheads are reminded of the impact of socially-minded firms Page 6 CHRISTMAS SHOWTIME It’s the most wonderful time of the year to catch a show; don’t miss our guide on where to catch some real crackers this festive season Page 9 CITY MATTERS 06 - 12 December 2017 The City of London’s FREE hyperlocal with 30,000 WEEKLY READERS Edition 060 Machete raiders hit Fleet Street MOPED GANG TERRORISE CITY IN SMASH AND GRAB A GANG that robbed a Fleet Street watch shop armed with swords and machetes is still on the run after making off with thousands of pounds worth of merchandise in a smash-and-grab raid on Monday. Police are still looking for the gang after they used a moped to smash through the glass frontage of the Chronext shop just before 11am and brazenly snatch bundles of watches in front of terrified staff. Footage shot from across the street and posted on Twitter shows one of the burglars patrolling the street on a moped, while two others stand guard armed with knives and a sword. Threatened A witness told the Evening Standard he saw other members inside the store “smashing the cabinets and grabbing loads of watches and stuffing them into bags.” “One guy came out of another shop as if to confront them but the bloke with the machete threatened him and he backed off. “They all jumped on their scooters and punched the air with their fists in a victory punch before driving off towards the Law Courts. It was seriously organised.” A police statement confirmed that nobody was injured, and at the time of City Matters going to print there had been no arrests. Detective Inspector Sam Toprak, from the City’s major crime team, said: “We are treating this incident extremely seriously, as we do all incidents of this nature, and we are liaising closely with our colleagues at the Metropolitan Police in order to identify those responsible.” Frightening Police in London are battling a wave of moped thefts, with more than 19,385 moped-enabled offences committed across the Capital in the 12 months to September. The spike prompted Mayor Sadiq Khan to push for a more collaborative approach between police, Transport for London, local authorities and motorcycle users to address the issue. He said: “Moped crime is reckless, frightening and completely unacceptable. It will not be tolerated on our streets and it is essential that we all work together to do everything possible to stamp it out.” SANTAS RUN on the medal haul: runners show off their prizes IT was a case of red and white delight on Sunday as more than two thousand Santas swamped Clapham Common to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. Check out our picture special on Page 15. tech-tonic shift: modern medicine Robot revolution reaches St Bart’s WHEN you think of robots what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Skynet? Hal 9,000? Arnold Schwarzenegger’s killing machine series T-800? For some reason it always involves killing people. Well, the City and East London’s hospitals have other ideas. They have been invaded by machines with a very different objective. No it’s not to turn you into a battery plugged into an artificial Turn to Page 3 Those who stood and fought in face of terror honoured in ceremony PAGE 3 City Police not just horsing around when it comes to its fourlegged recruits PAGE 5