Gunpoint raid at Pontefract jewellers

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ARMED robbers threatened staff during a gunpoint raid on a Pontefract town centre jewellery shop this afternoon.

Four men burst into Kingston Jewellers on Ropergate just after 2.30pm today.

Police said one of the men was brandishing a firearm as staff were threatened.

The men escaped with a large quantity of jewellery during the incident before driving off in a burgundy coloured Rover 75 estate car.

The Rover was later found burnt out on waste ground next to the junction of Wakefield Road and Jubilee Way.

Wakefield Road was closed this afternoon from Town End Junction as police carried out investigations.

Det Insp Steve Greenbank of Wakefield CID, said: “We are actively searching for these men and advise anyone who may see them not to approach them.

“We are also looking for a silver Vauxhall estate car in connection with this robbery.

“Staff at the jewellers were shaken but thankfully no-one was injured.

“If anyone has information about who these people are, or who may have witnessed this robbery or either of the cars involved, please contact me on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”

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