Independent jeweller will not let armed raid steal Christmas

The boss of Burton-based Henry Rose Jewellers has said he is not going to let an armed robbery steal Christmas.

On December 18, five masked men with weapons – including swords and an axe – robbed the independent jewellery retailer, located in The Octagon shopping centre in Burton.

The raid saw the thieves smash the front window and loads jewels into a bag. The value of the lot has not yet been disclosed.

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Henry Rose Jewellers director, Jason Duesbury, has taken to social media to let customers know that despite the initial shock of the armed raid he is grateful for his family at this time of year and hopes to reopen the shop towards the end of the week to capture the last of Christmas trade.

Posting on Facebook, Duesbury shares with the store’s followers: “I’m still in shock after today’s incident, but after spending time reflecting, it’s only money. I’m sat at home with my lovely family, happy and healthy and still looking forward to Christmas.

“Some people lose loved ones and suffer terrible illnesses and it is those people that deserve sympathy and understanding.”

He continues: “So it’s onwards and upwards and my shop will be back open by the end of the week.

“Merry Christmas you lovely people.”

Anyone with information on the raid is asked to call Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 151, of December 18.

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