Armed robbery at Lacock jewellers Watling Goldsmiths

Raid on Watling Goldsmiths in Lacock Image copyright Wiltshire Police
Image caption One gang member threatened staff while another smashed glass cabinets with a sledge hammer

Three men wearing balaclavas and armed with sledgehammers and crowbars have raided a jewellery shop in Wiltshire.

Police said the gang snatched a "substantial amount of jewellery" from Watling Goldsmiths on East Street, in Lacock, shortly after 10:00 GMT.

They escaped in a white car that was later found abandoned near Gastard.

John Watling, the shop's co-owner, said one of the gang was wielding a bar and threatening staff while another smashed glass cabinets with a sledge hammer.

Image caption The gang escaped in a white car which was later found abandoned

"They were here for a total of about three minutes," he said.

"It wasn't pleasant and all the staff were pretty shook up as anybody would be."

Wiltshire Police said no-one was injured in the robbery and have appealed for anybody with information to contact them.

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