Man arrested over series of eight knifepoint robberies

45-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a series of knifepoint robberies across west London, these happened in Richmond, Hounslow and Ealing.

Article from the Sutton & Croydon Guardian site below…

In eight separate incidents, which police are treating as related, shops in Richmond, Hounslow, and Ealing were targeted.

The dates of the incidents range between October 16 last year and today (February 25).

In each of the cases, the suspect is alleged to have waited for the store to be opened by staff members, before threatening them with a knife.

He then stole cash from the tills, and on occasion, cigarettes, alcohol, and scratch cards, which were placed into a black holdall and a bin bag/Sainsbury’s bags.

The man was arrested by officers in the vicinity of Northfield Avenue, Ealing, this morning – following a proactive operation by the Met’s Flying Squad.

Officers also recovered a large kitchen knife during the arrest.

The man is in custody at a south London police station.

In total, over £25,000 worth of cash and goods were stolen.