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Armed robbery on town centre jewellery shop

Bell Brothers jewellers suffered an armed robbery on wednesday morning. Picture: Liz Mockler D1296LM

Bell Brothers jewellers suffered an armed robbery on wednesday morning. Picture: Liz Mockler D1296LM

AXE-wielding robbers ransacked a town centre jewellery shop stealing thousands of pounds worth of items in a shocking raid.

Terrified staff hurriedly locked up their shops in the Frenchgate Centre after two men riding a black Triumph motorbike and both wearing crash helmets, raided Bell Brothers.

Eye-witnesses said the rider circled outside the luxury jewellers on a black bike as his pillion passenger burst into the St Sepulchre Gate store in Doncaster town centre.

The man threatened staff with an axe before making off with thousands of pounds worth of goods including Rolex watches.

The robbery happened just before 9.30am yesterday as staff were opening up for the day.

Detectives have today revealed they believe the heist was an organised raid possibly carried out by men from London.

Acting Det Insp Helen Lewis said: “We believe this was an organised robbery and the offenders may be from the London area.

“If any hoteliers and guesthouses in Doncaster have had a group of males staying overnight on Tuesday, November 22, possibly from the London area, I would urge them to make contact with us.

“The axe used in this incident is also quite distinctive and I would urge any retailers who may have recently sold one, or if anyone has had one recently stolen , to contact us.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the police on 01302 385135, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, quoting incident number 245 of November 23.

For more on this story and reaction from horrified eye-witnesses see this week’s Doncaster Free Press out today.

 

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