Locals tell of shock at raid

The scene in Lytham at jewellers' Leonard Dews
The scene in Lytham at jewellers' Leonard Dews
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RESIDENTS have spoken of their horror after armed raiders carried yet another terrifying jewellery robbery in Lytham.

The attack on exclusive Leonard Dews, on Clifton Street, came just weeks after diamond specialists Woodcock and Co on Henry Street was raided.

A police investigation into Thursday’s robbery – which saw the raiders escape with diamonds and watches – has been launched, and officers spent yesterday going door-to-door in an attempt to build up a picture of what happened.

Keith Jenkins called 999 after watching the drama unfold as he walked past the store at 4.30pm yesterday. The 56-year-old said: “It was like something from a film. It was very aggressive and as soon as I saw them I knew something was going to happen, so I called 999.

“One man put a sledgehammer right through the door and he made it clear if anybody tried to do anything they would have been attacked.”

James Eland works at fruit and vegetable shop Highleys, opposite Leonard Dews, and said: “I looked across the street I could see a man inside smashing security panels and reaching inside for the diamonds.

“I saw one man try and kick the car as it pulled away and it was frightening to see it all happening.”

Bernie Siedel, from Bannister Street, added: “I’m shocked because it has happened on my doorstep.”

It is the third time the Leonard Dews store has been targeted in four years, and the gang who attacked Woodcocks last month remain at large.

Police believe the three men may have staked the scene out in the lead-up to the robbery, and are pleading for anyone who saw the silver Ford S-Max which was used as a get-away vehicle to get in touch.

Det Sgt Paddy Dowling, from Blackpool CID, said: “We have spent the day going around Lytham and speaking to potential witnesses and are starting to piece together exactly what has happened.

“We have also had officers going through all the CCTV of the incident to see what evidence that will give us.

“We especially want to speak to anyone who may have seen a silver Ford S-Max type vehicle on or around East Cecil Street on the day, or in the days leading up to the robbery at the store.”