Pensioner Steps In To Stop Armed Robbery

28 February 2011, 10:43 | Updated: 8 March 2011, 11:27

Police are telling Heart that a 70-year-old man has intervened during an attempted armed robbery.

Officers got the call at 9.47am this morning of four men entering Thurlow Champness jewellers on Abbeygate Street with a sledgehammer.

The men, wearing black motorcycle helmets, then left the shop where a 70-year-old member of the public managed to take a bag from one of them containing jewellery. The men then drove off on motorcycles. Two motorbikes were then found nearby on Long Brackland and have been recovered.

Nothing was stolen during the incident and no-one has been injured.

Officers and the force helicopter carried out a search for the offenders but they have no been found, and inquiries are being made in the town centre.

Detective Inspector David Giles said, “The fact that two motorcycles have been recovered suggest that a further vehicle was used by the offenders to leave the area. I want to hear from anyone who may have seen the motorcycles enter Bury town centre, or anyone with any information on any other vehicles that may be involved.

"We are keen to hear from anyone who saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area at the time, or has any information that could help us locate the offenders.”

Anyone with any information should call West Suffolk CID on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.