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Bromley designer boutique falls victim to daylight robbery at Christmas

PUBLISHED: 09:35 30 December 2010

Owner Nick Khatibi gets thrown to the floor during the terrifying robbery on his shop in Widmore Road

Owner Nick Khatibi gets thrown to the floor during the terrifying robbery on his shop in Widmore Road

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A victim was left shaken after a violent robbery on his designer clothes shop just days before Christmas.

Five masked men burst into the Roma Boutique, in Widmore Road, Bromley, at about 11am last Tuesday as shoppers hurried to complete their festive shopping.

Five men were arrested by police shortly after the robbery. Four were arrested inside a van, another shortly afterwards. They were charged with robbery and common assault and appeared at Bromley Magistrates Court last Wednesday.

Nick Khatibi, 38, says he hasn’t seen anything like it in the 16 years he has run the boutique.

He told the Times: “You just don’t expect something like this to happen here in the middle of the day.”

Mr Khatibi, who had CCTV installed at the shop added: “I already have good security and I used to have an entrance buzzer, but how much more can I spend? It is not an easy time for us.

“I really think that the police need to be more active to stop things like this happening.”

The attack took place as nearby Bromley High Street was thronged with last minute shoppers.

Liam Riley, 23, from Finchley, Kyle Tamaklo-Jones, 18, and Daryl Edwards, 22, both form Upper Sydenham, Nico Georgiou, 23 from Charlton and Jay Jean-Baptiste, 22, from Upper Norwood all appeared in Bromley Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday charged with robbery and common assault.

The five men will remain in custody until their appearance at Croydon Crown Court in the week starting February 21.

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