Sledge-hammer wielding moped riders rob Dorchester Hotel in London
A London hotel currently the subject of a boycott because it of its Brunei owner, has been targeted by a smash-and-grab gang of moped riders.
In April, the hotel’s owner, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah gave approval to Brunei’s revised penal code, which urges death by stoning for same-sex sexual activity.
The Dorchester Hotel, part of The Dorchester Collection, is facing a continued boycott by several celebrities because of its Brunei ownership.
A gang of moped riders wielding sledge-hammers entered the boutique of the Park Lane hotel, and smashed watch and jewellery cabinets.
Metropolitan Police officers followed the gang, but lost sight of them.
A woman was found en route at Cambridge Circus who had been hit by a moped. She was taken to hospital and treated for leg injuries, and later discharged.
Detective Constable of the Flying Squad Alex Flanagan said: “This was a well planned and thought through robbery and there may be people who know who is responsible.
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“I am keen for those with any information, no matter how small, to come forward and assist us with our investigation.”
A string of celebrities, including Ellen Degeneres, Stephen Fry, Virgin tycoon Sir Richard Branson and Sharon Osbourne in April began a boycott campaign against The Dorchester Collection, famous for its Beverly Hills venue.
The Sultan, whose family has governed Brunei for 600 years and whose fortune is estimated at $13 billion (£7.75 billion), also received an honorary knighthood from the Queen in 1992 and has been awarded a string of honours by British universities.