UPDATED: Appeal for witnesses after armed robbery with handgun at Bury St Edmunds jewellers

Scene of armed robbery at Preston and Duckworth jewellers'Picture by Russell Claydon ANL-140511-092035001
Scene of armed robbery at Preston and Duckworth jewellers'Picture by Russell Claydon ANL-140511-092035001
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Police have issued a further appeal for witnesses after an armed robbery at Preston and Duckworth jewellers in Bury St Edmunds last night.

Two men threatened staff and customers with what is a described as a black handgun at about 4.50pm, before leaving the shop, on Cornhill, with several high-value watches.

Detective Inspector Nick Power said: “We believe one of the men ran in front of a car on Whiting Street at approximately 5pm.

“The car is described as being small and black, and we’re particularly keen to speak to the driver to see whether can give us any further information on the description of the man.

“We’re would also like to speak to a group of people who were on Whiting Street, again at about 5pm, when the other man ran past them.”

One man is described as being about 6ft tall with a tanned complexion, of stocky build and with a black beard. He is described as wearing a dark woollen or beanie hat and dark clothing.

The other man is described as being white, approximately 6ft tall, around 30 to 40-years-old, and of stocky build.

He is described as wearing a black baseball cap, black trousers with a white line down them, and a dark waterproof jacket with a hood.

DI Power added: “If you were in the area at the time of the robbery and saw or heard anything at all that you believe may help us with our enquiries, we’d urge you to get in touch with us as soon as possible.”

No-one was hurt during the incident and police do not believe the robbers pose a threat to the wider public.

If you have any information that could help police, contact Bury St Edmunds CID on 101 quoting BU/14/3256 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.