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Gun-toting robbers raid jewellers

PUBLISHED: 17:13 28 August 2008 | UPDATED: 15:14 25 August 2010

THE High Street in Bexley Village has reopened following an armed robbery in a jewellery shop this morning.
The area around Pilkington Jewellers in the High Street remains cordoned off, as officers continue their investigation.
Police were called to reports of an armed robbery at about 9.50am this morning
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THE High Street in Bexley Village has reopened following an armed robbery in a jewellery shop this morning. The area around Pilkington Jewellers in the High Street remains cordoned off, as officers continue their investigation. Police were called to reports of an armed robbery at about 9.50am this morning Picture: Jamie Gray Mobile:07834 965462 Email: jamie@jamiegray.com

Jamie Gray

TWO robbers smashed and grabbed a jewellery display after threatening a terrified passer-by with a gun. Dressed in white taper boiler suits and crash helmets,

TWO robbers smashed and grabbed a jewellery display after threatening a terrified passer-by with a gun.

Dressed in white taper boiler suits and crash helmets, the raiders smashed the window of Pilkington Jewellers Ltd in Bexley High Street at 9.50am today and sped off on a motorbike.

Moments before they had threatened a terrified pensioner with a gun who, fearing for his life, hid in a nearby alleyway.

Owner of Costcutter opposite the jewellers, Gan Bala, 34, caught the thieves on his CCTV and handed it over to the police.

He said: "They drove onto the pavement outside the shop and started pulling its grilled gate. They smashed the window and started grabbing the jewellery. I was too frightened to go out. The one on the motorbike was shouting to the other to grab more."

Snatching handfuls of watches and jewellery, the thieves sped off on a yellow off-road motorbike in front of scores of witnesses.

Florist Graham Nealer, who works opposite at Bexley County Garden, said they parked in Tanyard Lane next to the shop and aimed the motorbike towards the jewellers.

His daughter Samantha, the owner of the florist, saw the whole incident unfold and called the police.

He said: "You are not frightened, unless they hurt somebody, so the fact they had a gun is frightening."

If anyone has any information call police on 0207 231 6530 or to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

marina.soteriou@archant.co.uk

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