Armed raid leaves Malmesbury jewellers staff traumatised
An armed robber threatened terrified staff with a knife in a raid at a jewellers in Malmesbury yesterday.
He fled empty handed when a man from a neighbouring shop came in and bravely challenged him.
Wiltshire Police say the robbery at County Jewellers, on the High Street, at 9.45am, left staff traumatised.
The raider escaped the scene on a red sports-type motorbike.
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A force spokesman said: "A man sustained minor injuries to his hand and staff in the shop were shaken by the ordeal.
"Police arrived at the scene quickly and the force helicopter was deployed to help with the search."
PC Graham McLaughlin, of the local neighbourhood policing team, said: "Although very unusual in Malmesbury, this was a very traumatic incident for the member of staff in the jewellers.
"We will be making every effort to identify the person involved and bring them to justice.
"From inquiries so far, we believe the bike and rider may have been in the area for some time prior to the attempted robbery."
Witnesses or anyone with information are asked to call the neighbourhood policing team at Malmesbury police station or CID at Melksham on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers.