Staff block attempted robbery at Robert Gatward

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Thieves leave empty handed but cause major damage to shop window.

Robert Gatward Jewellers in Ipswich was targeted by a moped gang on Monday afternoon.

The shop was attacked at about 4.50pm by a gang of four riding two mopeds. The gang tried to "smash the front windows of the shop with what is believed to be an axe and a jemmy like tool" according to Suffolk Police.

The attack was thwarted by a member of staff at Robert Gatward who saw the mopeds driving slowly towards the shop and alerted colleagues. Security procedures were then activated and the alarm was raised.

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Acting Detective Inspector Dan Connick from Ipswich CID said: “This is obviously quite a distressing incident for the staff at the jewellers, but thankfully due to their quick actions they were able to activate their security procedures and entry to the store wasn’t gained."

No items were stolen during the attack. While the gang failed to smash through the windows and access the stock they caused "considerable damage".

Suffolk Police said that they are continuing to investigate the incident.

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