Wiltshire

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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