Jewellers raided in Clarendon Centre burglary

Clarendon Centre
Image caption The men smashed into the Clarendon Centre in Oxford city centre with what police believe was a sledge hammer

A group of men smashed their way in to a shopping centre with a sledge hammer and raided a jewellers.

Seven men broke into the Clarendon Centre in Oxford and forced open the shutters on Goldsmiths Jewellers.

Four others fixed a steel wire at both ends of Queen Street to stop vehicles going down the street.

Thames Valley Police said they stole an unknown quantity of what were believed to be watches in the raid at 03:45 GMT. They were captured on CCTV.

Police said some of them were holding umbrellas to hide from the cameras.

Others were wearing high-vis jackets and one man was pulling a green wheelie bin.

The men fled through the rear entrance of the shopping centre at New Inn Hall Street and left the area on foot down St Ebbes Street.

Det Insp Paul Miller said he believed witnesses may have taken video footage of the incident.

"We would like to speak to anyone that may have witnessed this incident or seen anything suspicious in the area at this time.

"We believe there may be some people who took video footage of the burglary and I would ask that they make contact with the police."

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