Armed raid at jewellery store in Wickham Square

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MASKED robbers, armed with wooden bats, burst into a gallery in a Hampshire village today.

In the terrifying drama the trio attempted to smash one of the glass cabinets which was showcasing jewellery at the Wickham Square Gallery in The Square at Wickham.

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There were no direct threats made against members of staff and the robbers fled empty handed.

They got into a vehicle parked in the square being driven by a fourth man and made their escape by driving onto the A32 in a northerly direction out of Wickham.

The vehicle, a green Nissan 4x4 style car, was found abandoned about a mile up the A32 by police at the Kingsmead junction with Bishopswood Road, near The Roebuck pub.

The suspects are described as wearing black balaclavas and black clothing.

The registration number of the Nissan is X548 BPR.

No one was harmed during the incident.

Detective Inspector Gary Hill said: "We would appeal to anyone who was in the square at the time to come forward as soon as possible if they saw the incident take place.

"Additionally, we want to hear from anyone driving along the A32 subsequent to the incident to get in touch. There is a likelihood that someone witnessed the suspects driving away and abandoning the vehicle they were in.

"We believe they may have changed to another vehicle to make their escape.

"This is an extremely serious incident that thankfully does not occur often and the public's help is of vital assistance in tracking down those responsible."

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information about it should contact Hampshire Constabulary on 0845 045 45 45 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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4:12pm Fri 6 Mar 09

Bright Spark says...

"This is an extremely serious incident that thankfully does not occur often"

If I had a penny for every time I'd heard a policeman use this quote during the last six months I would have 92p.
"This is an extremely serious incident that thankfully does not occur often" If I had a penny for every time I'd heard a policeman use this quote during the last six months I would have 92p. Bright Spark

4:14pm Fri 6 Mar 09

Georgem says...

Bright Spark wrote:
"This is an extremely serious incident that thankfully does not occur often"

If I had a penny for every time I'd heard a policeman use this quote during the last six months I would have 92p.
Has that statement actually been made? And how many other galleries in Wickham have been raided this year? More knee-jerkery from the same old knee-jerking jerky-kneed knee-jerkers
[quote][p][bold]Bright Spark[/bold] wrote: "This is an extremely serious incident that thankfully does not occur often" If I had a penny for every time I'd heard a policeman use this quote during the last six months I would have 92p.[/p][/quote]Has that statement actually been made? And how many other galleries in Wickham have been raided this year? More knee-jerkery from the same old knee-jerking jerky-kneed knee-jerkers Georgem

4:15pm Fri 6 Mar 09

hulla baloo says...

Bright Spark wrote:
"This is an extremely serious incident that thankfully does not occur often" If I had a penny for every time I'd heard a policeman use this quote during the last six months I would have 92p.
You would have a lot more if you had a peeny for every time you read about it.
[quote][p][bold]Bright Spark[/bold] wrote: "This is an extremely serious incident that thankfully does not occur often" If I had a penny for every time I'd heard a policeman use this quote during the last six months I would have 92p.[/p][/quote]You would have a lot more if you had a peeny for every time you read about it. hulla baloo

4:20pm Fri 6 Mar 09

Bright Spark says...

Georgem wrote:
Bright Spark wrote:
"This is an extremely serious incident that thankfully does not occur often"

If I had a penny for every time I'd heard a policeman use this quote during the last six months I would have 92p.
Has that statement actually been made? And how many other galleries in Wickham have been raided this year? More knee-jerkery from the same old knee-jerking jerky-kneed knee-jerkers
Not specifically THAT jewellers Georgem in Wickham, but the police say this sort of thing every time that there is a stabbing, shooting, mugging or a bank or jewellers raid.
[quote][p][bold]Georgem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bright Spark[/bold] wrote: "This is an extremely serious incident that thankfully does not occur often" If I had a penny for every time I'd heard a policeman use this quote during the last six months I would have 92p.[/p][/quote]Has that statement actually been made? And how many other galleries in Wickham have been raided this year? More knee-jerkery from the same old knee-jerking jerky-kneed knee-jerkers[/p][/quote]Not specifically THAT jewellers Georgem in Wickham, but the police say this sort of thing every time that there is a stabbing, shooting, mugging or a bank or jewellers raid. Bright Spark

4:38pm Fri 6 Mar 09

Georgem says...

Bright Spark wrote:
Georgem wrote:
Bright Spark wrote:
"This is an extremely serious incident that thankfully does not occur often"

If I had a penny for every time I'd heard a policeman use this quote during the last six months I would have 92p.
Has that statement actually been made? And how many other galleries in Wickham have been raided this year? More knee-jerkery from the same old knee-jerking jerky-kneed knee-jerkers
Not specifically THAT jewellers Georgem in Wickham, but the police say this sort of thing every time that there is a stabbing, shooting, mugging or a bank or jewellers raid.
What does "this sort of thing" mean? Crime in general, from what you say. I don't think anybody is saying "crimes are isolated incidents".

Congratulations. You've now moved firmly into the arena of being pre-emptively indignant about things which do not even happen
[quote][p][bold]Bright Spark[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Georgem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bright Spark[/bold] wrote: "This is an extremely serious incident that thankfully does not occur often" If I had a penny for every time I'd heard a policeman use this quote during the last six months I would have 92p.[/p][/quote]Has that statement actually been made? And how many other galleries in Wickham have been raided this year? More knee-jerkery from the same old knee-jerking jerky-kneed knee-jerkers[/p][/quote]Not specifically THAT jewellers Georgem in Wickham, but the police say this sort of thing every time that there is a stabbing, shooting, mugging or a bank or jewellers raid. [/p][/quote]What does "this sort of thing" mean? Crime in general, from what you say. I don't think anybody is saying "crimes are isolated incidents". Congratulations. You've now moved firmly into the arena of being pre-emptively indignant about things which do not even happen Georgem

5:01pm Fri 6 Mar 09

Fisherman's Friend says...

Knifings, murders, shootings, raids and assaults happen every day in this region, maybe Georgem gets his info from the Beano.
Knifings, murders, shootings, raids and assaults happen every day in this region, maybe Georgem gets his info from the Beano. Fisherman's Friend

5:04pm Fri 6 Mar 09

Georgem says...

Maybe Fishermans Friend should try actually reading what someone else has written, rather than scan it for a quick buzzword and formulating a tiresome opinion on that basis alone.

security word: rely-know
Maybe Fishermans Friend should try actually reading what someone else has written, rather than scan it for a quick buzzword and formulating a tiresome opinion on that basis alone. security word: rely-know Georgem

5:33pm Fri 6 Mar 09

southy says...

"We believe they may have changed to another vehicle to make their escape

or it could be a push bikes, ah the push bike bandit team.
"We believe they may have changed to another vehicle to make their escape or it could be a push bikes, ah the push bike bandit team. southy

12:54am Sat 7 Mar 09

Finlay says...

Yet another unsolved crime becaiuse of its rarity
Yet another unsolved crime becaiuse of its rarity Finlay

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