England

Four charged over Taunton jewellery store raid

Smashed cabinets at Michael Spiers jewellers
Image caption The gang used sledgehammers to try to break in

Four men have been charged over a robbery at a jewellery store in Taunton which led to a 70-mile police chase.

The raid took place at the Michael Spiers jewellers on Wednesday. Five men were arrested near Swindon after the chase ended in a crash on the M4.

Reece Francis, 24, Louis Kelly, 35, Steven Shields, 32, all from London, and Charles Johnstone, 27, of no fixed address, have been charged.

A fifth suspect is still receiving treatment in hospital.

The four were charged with robbery, aggravated vehicle taking and dangerous driving, taking a motor vehicle without the owner's consent and possessing an offensive weapon in a public place.

They are due to appear before Taunton Magistrates' Court later.