Two men were arrested outside Crystal Peaks in Sheffield in an operation by The Met’s ‘Flying Squad’.
Officers in the specialist Metropolitan Police unit, which investigates robberies, swooped on a vehicle as it pulled onto the ‘red’ car park at Crystal Peaks.
The officers arrested two men as part of an investigation into robberies of security vans which carry cash.
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The investigation is looking at a number of robberies in London and across the country.
Witnesses who saw officers make the arrests at around 9.30am said a security van was nearby.
The suspects are to be taken to London for questioning later today.
One woman who saw the police operation said: “I was filling up at Sainsbury’s near to Crystal Peaks when I saw a line of cars overtaking all those queuing to get onto the car park.
“I wondered what they were doing and thought how dangerous it was, until I realised they were unmarked police cars when I saw officers in plain clothes make some arrests.”
Crystal Peaks shopping centre is operating as normal today.