Raiders carry out terrifying shotgun robbery on Leeds jewellery shop – then crash into bus

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Jewellery shop staff in Leeds had to be treated by paramedics for shock after being robbed at gunpoint by raiders who then crashed into a bus.

At about 4.35pm on Friday, a man wearing a motorbike helmet entered Brown’s Jewellers, in Austhorpe Road, Cross Gates, and threatened staff with a weapon described as a sawn-off shotgun before stealing jewellery.

He left the scene as a pillion passenger on a stolen Honda motorbike driven by another man.

They headed down Austhorpe Road and along the ring road towards York Road where the motorbike collided with a bus in York Road knocking both men off.

The pair got back on and rode off along North Parkway.

Detective Inspector Richard Holmes, of Leeds District CID, said: “Although no staff or customers were physically harmed during the robbery some were so badly shaken by the incident that they were treated by ambulance staff for shock.

“We are conducting extensive enquiries to trace the people responsible and I would ask anyone who witnessed any part of this incident and has not yet spoken to police to get in touch.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Leeds District CID at Elland Road via 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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