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Friday, 18 March 2011 (3013161)
Armed raiders in attempted jewellery store robbery
by David Simister

A TRIO of men wearing balaclavas and brandishing a BB gun and a hammer threated staff at a jewellery shop in Tarleton, police have said.

Officers from Lancashire Constabulary said that they are appealing for any more information about the attempted robbery at David Burns jewellers, on Hesketh Lane, which took place at 11am last Thursday (March 17).

DS Paul Rudd of Lancashire Constabulary, said:

“This is a serious offence which has left the staff extremely shaken and I would appeal to anyone who may have been in the area at the time who may have seen anything suspicious to come forward and contact police.”

It is believed that they were armed with a ball bearing air weapon and a hammer which they used to smash a display cabinet and threaten the staff. During the incident the BB gun was fired and a member of staff received minor injuries to his chest and his ear – but he has not required any hospital treatment.

The men, who have been described as wearing jeans and black hooded tops, then ran from the shop empty handed and got into a silver Renault Laguna car. They drove off towards Moss Lane where the car was later recovered by police.

Anyone with information can contact police on 08451 25 35 45 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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