Robbery botched as man run over by police

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Three men arrested and one run over by police at Chichester jewellers.

Three men were arrested and one run over after a failed robbery at Austins Jewellers in Chichester yesterday morning.

The botched attempt was carried out by three men wearing hoodies shortly before 10am at Austins Jewellers in North Street, Chichester. The would-be robbers appeared to be carrying at least one mallet and a nail gun with which they tried to smash their way inside.

When their efforts set off a smoke alarm, the perpetrators were forced to leave empty handed. They tried to escape on BMX cycles, but were chased down by members of the public, including two plain clothes policemen.

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After getting into a nearby van and being pursuing by policing units through Billinghurst, the men were caught and three men were arrested. As one exited the van, a police car coming up behind him ran him over in what is believed to have been a non-fatal collision.

A statement from the Sussex Police said: “As he left the van one of the men collided with a police car coming to a stop behind it and was taken to the Royal Surrey County Hospital at Guildford by Surrey Air Ambulance. His condition has not yet been fully assessed but he is conscious and his injuries are not believed to be life threatening.”

The Independent Police Complaint Commission (IPCC) has been contacted in relation to the incident and enquiries are being made. The two other arrestees have been taken into custody at Chichester.

Sussex Police chief inspector Ali Darge said: "The quick reaction of passers-by, including our two officers, was impressive and helped disrupt the robbery attempt. We do not want people to put themselves at risk unnecessarily but it is always heartening to see such a public spirited reaction."
 

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