Women jewellers targeted in Porthcawl robbery

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Pair attacked and blindfolded by three men in 20-minute robbery.

Two women jewellers in the Welsh town of Porthcawl were targeted yesterday by three men who attacked them in a 20-minute robbing spree.

The 57- and 68-year-old women, understood to have been sales assistants, are in a stable condition in hospital following the incident at The Gold Centre in Porthcawl on Wednesday July 31.

It is understood the three men entered the store at 10:10am and used an "aerosol incapacitant" to knock out the two women before blindfolding them. The then spent 20 minutes in the store, fleeing on foot with a large quantity of jewellery.

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South Wales Police have released CCTV images of the three men, who were all dressed in white shirts. Two wore denim jeans and one wore dark trousers. Two of the men had fair hair and wore Jewish skull caps and the third had dark hair. Police describe the trio as speaking in a foreign language and using broken English.

Acting Detective Constable Jason Redrup said: “Porthcawl is a very safe town and incidents such as this are extremely rare. I want to reassure the public that we have increased patrols and doing all we can to catch those responsible.

"From the actions of the men involved it appears it was a professional robbery. They may have done this before and may do in the future, and we’re appealing for anyone with information to contact us."

South Wales Police are appealing for anyone who has not already contacted them and who may have seen these men in Porthcawl on Wednesday morning. The last sighting of the suspects was near the Co-op supermarket near Church Place in the town.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Bridgend CID on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

 

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