Police swoop on attempted robbery in New Malden

Police foiled an attempted armed robbery in New Malden this morning.

Detectives from the Flying Squad arrested four people on suspicion of robbery at about 7am during a pre-planned operation at Currys PC World megastore in Burlington Road.

a police spokesman said a gun was seized by armed officers although no shots were fired.

But Twitter user Mia Tunmer tweeted: “Can’t believe I got woken up this morning to the sound of gun shots, not even 2 days after Christmas, what’s wrong people!”

A spokeswoman for London Ambulance Service said paramedics had originally been called to reports of a shooting, although when they arrived found no casualties suffering gunshot wounds.

One man was treated for facial injuries, however, and taken to hospital.

Richard Penney, manager at nearby J and S Accessories said he arrived for work at around 9.30am and there were forensic officers trawling the area.

He said: “I didn’t see anything. But there were a lot of police around. They heard about something going on - it was at Currys PC World.”

Four people remain in custody at a south London police station.

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