Jewel store heist foiled

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WOULD-BE robbers on motorbikes fled empty-handed after a botched raid on a Wigan town centre jeweller’s.

Police have confirmed that staff at Neil Kay Jewellers and Pawn Brokers in the Royal Arcade, Standishgate, escaped unharmed and no items or cash were taken during the raid at 3.45pm on Saturday.

A force spokesman said it was unclear yet whether the two intruders, who had ridden illegally up the pedestrianised street on a “scrambler” type machine to threaten staff at the store, were in fact armed or not.

They fled on the bike when staff at the shop triggered automatic alarms.

Because both were wearing full face bike helmets with darkened sun visors, there is no description available yet of their facial features.

Both were wearing dark clothes.

Police also say that witnesses have as yet been unable to give then any number plate details, if indeed the machine still had one.

They have also been unable to identify its make.

The men are said to have made off down Standishgate, roaring past alarmed shoppers.

The business recently moved to new premises from the Galleries’ Tyldesley Arcade where it had twice been subjected to violent raids in recent years.

Last summer Mr Kay was slashed with a machete as he fought in vain to prevent raiders from fleeing with a haul of expensive Rolex watches.

And in 2012 jewels were stolen by a gang masquerading as Hallowe’en fancy dress charity collectors.