Court date for man on jewel robbery charge

Police interview witnesses after the raid at Leonard Dews in 2011.
Police interview witnesses after the raid at Leonard Dews in 2011.
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A man charged with robbery at a Fylde coast jewellers is to appear before Blackpool Magistrates’ Court in June.

Darren Smith, 41, of Irlam Square, Salford, has been charged with one count of robbery.

The charge relates to an alleged armed robbery at the former Leonard Dews jeweller’s in Lytham in September 2011.

It is alleged three men used sledgehammers to get into the store and escape with thousands of pounds worth of diamonds and watches.

It was the third time the store had been raided in four years.

The store closed last year before being rebranded as a less exclusive jewellers called Chique.

But that shop was forced to close earlier this year.

The jewellery shop has since been replaced by a homeware boutique called Hidden Gem.

Smith will appear at the magistrates’ court on Friday, June 14.

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