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Rings worth £2million stolen from Royal Hospital Chelsea art fair

Katherine Clementine28/07/2017

A vivid yellow cushion-shaped diamond ring encased in smaller oval and round-shaped diamonds (Image: Metropolitan Police)

Police are on the hunt for “brazen” thieves who stole diamond rings worth more than £2million in broad daylight.

Three rings, collectively worth upwards of £2million, were stolen from a cabinet at the Masterpiece London 2017 event at the Royal Hospital Chelsea .

It is believed the high value rings were stolen at around 5.30pm at the event in Royal Hospital Road, on Tuesday (July 4).

An emerald-cut diamond ring with purple and pink stones, and four pear-shaped diamonds (Image: Metropolitan Police)

Officers have now released CCTV stills of two people at the art fair they would like to identify, trace and speak to in connection with the theft.

Do you recognise this man? (Image: Metropolitan Police)

Detective Sergeant Chris Taylor, from Kensington and Chelsea Borough, who is leading the investigation, said: “This was a brazen theft carried out in the middle of the afternoon when there were lots of people attending the event at Royal Hospital Chelsea.

“We have carried out extensive enquiries and reviewed CCTV footage, and we have released images of two men we would like to trace and speak to.

A vivid yellow cushion-shaped diamond ring encased in smaller oval and round-shaped diamonds (Image: Metropolitan Police)

“Both men are wearing distinctive brightly-coloured driving shoes. Did you attend the event and notice these men? Or have you come across the rings at all?

“If you have any information that could help us, no matter how insignificant it seems, we would urge you to come forward.”

Police would like to speak to this man (Image: Metropolitan Police)

There have been no arrests and police continue their enquiries.

Anyone who recognises either of these two men, or those who have any information about the theft, call Kensington and Chelsea CID on 020 8246 0186 or 101, or report information via Twitter @MetCC.

A cushion-shaped diamond ring stolen from the art fair (Image: Metropolitan Police)

To give information anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit crimestoppers-uk.org.

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