Man dies after failed robbery at Oxford jewellers

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Members of public believed to have restrained thief at scene.

A man who was restrained by members of the public after he attempted to rob an Oxford jewellers at the weekend has died in hospital.

Two men targeted John Gowing Jewellers in Oxford’s famed Covered Market on Saturday March 29 wearing motorcycle helmets as they entered the store.

According to Thames Valley Police, members of the public are believed to have restrained one of the two men, named as Clint Townsend of Oxford, while the second man – described as a white male, wearing a black and white T-shirt and blue jeans, fled the scene catching a bus in the city centre and getting off in the St Clements area.

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It is believed that paramedics attended to Townsend at the scene, before he was taken to Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital in a serious condition where he later died.

A post-mortem examination is set to be carried out to establish a cause of death. It is believed that nothing was stolen in the raid.

Detective Superintendent Chris Ward, leading the investigation, said: “This is very much still an active investigation and there are a number of people helping us with our enquiries.

“We have specially trained officers working with all those involved in this incident."

Two men, aged 31 and 32 who were arrested on suspicion of robbery have been released on police bail.
 

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