Sunday, 20 Sep 2020

Burglars steal £50,000 of saffron from east London warehouse

Police are hunting two burglars who broke into a warehouse in east London and stole £50,000 of saffron.

CCTV footage shows two men force their way into the independent business’s storage unit in Ilford, ignore all the other stock and go straight for a box containing 10kg of the spice.

Saffron, which is used widely in Indian, Persian and Arabic cuisine, is worth more than its weight in gold, with the stolen amount valued at around £50,000, Met Police said.

The men broke in between 9.50pm and 11.50pm on 11 June, the force added. No arrests have been made.

Detective Sergeant Laura Mills said: “This is someone’s livelihood and this theft will, of course, impact their business.

“Someone knows something about this burglary and I am appealing to them to contact our team.

“The victims are angry and upset that someone has done this to them. It’s important that those who are responsible are caught and the spice is returned to its rightful owners.”

Anyone with information should call 101 or tweet @MetCC. To remain anonymous, please contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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