Cambridgeshire

St Neots jeweller Jack Goldstraw confronts armed raider

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Media captionJack Goldstraw, who trapped the raider, said: "You are never going to win - a hand against a knife"

A shopkeeper has told how he tried to trap an armed robber in his store during a raid.

CCTV footage showed Jack Goldstraw, manager of Goldstraw Goldsmiths in St Neots, Cambridgeshire, attempt to barricade the thief inside the shop.

But the robber got away with a £15,000 Cartier watch after he smashed the glass door and tried to attack 24-year-old Mr Goldstraw with a knife.

"I don't know if it was brave or stupid but adrenaline kicks in," he said.

'Extremely proud'

The raid happened at the family-run shop, in Cross Keys Mews, at 09:50 GMT on Tuesday.

A passer-by tried to help Mr Goldstraw, 24, as he battled to contain the robber inside the store but the man escaped and ran off towards a Waitrose supermarket.

Mr Goldstraw's father Paul, who owns the business, said: "Trying to get the better of someone with a knife might not be the most sensible thing to do but I think it's the most honourable thing to do. I'm extremely proud."

Det Con Derek Cornhill, from Cambridgeshire Police, said: "I would urge anyone who recognises the man in the CCTV or who has information about the robbery to get in touch.

"Any information, no matter how small, could prove vital in tracing the man responsible."

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