James Usher raided by fake police forensics team

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Lincoln jeweller robbed of £80,000 of diamond jewellery.

Two robbers posing as a police forensics team raided James Usher Jewellers in Lincoln, escaping with £80,000 of diamond jewellery.

The robbery took place on Saturday morning at about 9.50am. The robbers wore white boiler suits printed with the words “police forensics” and wore dust masks to cover their faces.

One robber held the door to the shop open while a second threatened a male member of staff with a hammer and ordered him to open the window display and fill a bag with jewellery. No staff were injured during the raid.

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The pair left the shop with the bag full of jewellery, which James Usher managing director James Frampton has confirmed contained jewellery worth £80,000. They then escaped in a Vauxhall Astra, driven by a third man, which was later seen abandoned and on fire.

Frampton said that he is focusing on caring for his staff and is also carrying out a review of the store’s security policy. He added: “We are relieved that our staff are physically unharmed, although some are struggling to come to terms with the shock of these events. James Usher thanks the many members of the public who have shown their concern for the staff. This is of great help in restoring the morale of the shop.”

Lincolnshire Police are appealing for witnesses to the crime and have released CCTV footage of the raid. To watch the video click here.

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