Louth smash-and-grab raiders plead guilty

Eastgate Jewellers in Louth Residents helped police catch the men by hindering their getaway

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Two men who the public helped catch after a smash-and-grab raid at a jewellers in Lincolnshire have pleaded guilty.

Damion Clark, 29, and Christopher London, 25, both from Grimsby, stole jewellery and cash from Eastgate Jewellers, in Louth.

Clark also admitted charges of unlawful wounding and attempting to take a car not belonging to him.

The men are due to be sentenced next month.

Clark of Littlecoates and London, of Watford Avenue, were remanded in custody at Lincoln Crown Court.

After the raid, which happened on 24 June, police praised the actions of local people who tried to intervene after two men wearing crash helmets entered the shop and smashed display cabinets.

'Very frightening'

Insp Terry Ball said: "Many members of the public played pivotal roles in achieving a successful outcome."

"One gentleman knocked over the getaway motorbike to prevent them using it and another sustained a hand injury in his endeavours to prevent the men exiting through the shop door."

He added: "A number of people phoned us to report the incident and maintained a running commentary on the phone whilst following the fleeing suspects."

Mike Moran, who runs a travel agents next door, said he had heard "a commotion" in the street and "three loud bangs which sounded like gun shots".

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He said: "Obviously, they were smashing the place up next door - I thought at first the commotion was over the smashed motorcycle lying outside the shop."

He added: "The men then came running out with what looked like a hammer and another implement - obviously their bike was all smashed up so they couldn't get away on it - so they ran off up Burnt Hill Lane.

"It was very dramatic - not something you expect in the middle of Louth - you don't expect this sort of nonsense going on in the middle of the day."

Wendy Johnson, who runs a nearby diner, said she was alerted to the robbery after one of her customers told her there were "two blokes having a fight outside".

She said when she came outside to see what was happening she saw a man smashing a bike parked outside the jewellers and another man holding the door to prevent the raiders escaping.

She added: "You don't know what they might do - it was very frightening."

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