Stunned jewellers have revealed they were cleaned out of up to £150,000 worth of diamond wedding rings at a national wedding show.
Staff from the established Hatton Garden-based firm claim they turned up to The National Wedding Show at the Olympia London last Sunday to open up their stand to the public.
But they were shocked to discover that a hidden sliding-door cabinet, where the rings were locked up overnight, had been forced open and all their stock was taken.
The stand at the Olympia London National Wedding Show in the days before the incident – the staff and company have asked not to be named (Picture: contributor)They say Kensington Olympia, which is home to massive UK events every year, has 24-hour security onsite and their stock has always been safe in previous years.
But the company now faces losing the 200-250 rings – worth between £100,000 and £150,000 – permanently, because they were not covered by the organisers’ insurance.
Shop assistant hit by baseball bat 12 times in shocking attack by masked gangA staff member, who asked not to be named, told Metro.co.uk: ‘They have this international jewellery show and this was a high security area – and yet something like this happened.
‘Highly valuable stuff was left in there overnight and it has been wiped off in one night.’
The staff member said police had viewed CCTV and saw three men in the vicinity of the stand during the night – but the footage had not been high quality enough to distinguish their faces.
The Olympia London in Kensington hosts The National Wedding Show on an annual basis (Picture: Google)Scotland Yard has confirmed it is investigating the theft and its enquiries are ongoing.
The man said the situation had been made worse for the company since the insurance fee of more than £135, which was paid to organisers Ocean Media, failed to cover the stock for theft – and they have now been told it only covers accidental damage of up to £20,000.
He added the company also paid around £2,300 for the stand itself.
They will lose out completely unless the police find the diamond rings themselves as part of the probe, the staff member said.
‘I think the organisers and the Olympia need to take responsibility,’ he added.
Models show off the latest wedding clothes at the show, which takes place in London twice a year and in three other locations UK-wide (Picture: YouTube/The National Wedding Show)‘Friday and Saturday were completely fine, we were busy, then Sunday came and we couldn’t do anything because everything had gone.
‘It was a big shock. The first thing we did was call security and they told us not to touch anything. Then the police came and took fingerprints.’
The National Wedding show, which markets itself as the UK’s biggest, takes place annually across five locations, including two in the capital.
It took place last week between Friday, 15 February and Sunday, 17 February, when the theft is believed to have happened.
The rings were stored in an under-the-table cabinet, locked with keys, that is not view-able from the front of the stand.
This had been the arrangement in previous years at the show when they had been kept safe, the worker said.
The devastated firm arrived on Sunday to find all the diamond rings had vanished from the security cabinet (Picture: YouTube/The National Wedding Show)It appeared to have been forced open with tools, he added.
Ocean Media and the Olympia London have been approached for comment.
A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said: ‘Police were called at approximately 9.20am on Sunday, 17 February to commercial premises on Hammersmith Road, W14 following reports that a quantity of jewellery had been stolen.
‘The offence is believed to have taken place overnight between Saturday, 16 and Sunday, 17 February.
‘Officers have carried out a number of enquiries, including reviewing local CCTV.
‘There have been no arrests and enquiries continue.’