Four men flee scene empty handed after robbery thwarted by staff.

Staff at City of Gold, a jeweller in Nelson, Lancashire, fought back after four masked thieves attempted to steal gold and jewellery during a raid last Friday.

Four masked men are said to have smashed their way into the jewellers on Manchester Road at around 2.50pm on Friday 16.


Two staff pursued the men who fled the store empty handed, leaving the scene in a get-away car that was later found abandoned.

Detective Inspector Dave Groombridge, head of Pennine CID, leading the investigation into the attempted robbery, said: “Possibly four masked offenders entered the shop by force. While they got into the jewellers shop they appeared to leave without any stolen property.

“Later, five people were arrested in Greater Manchester and have been brought to Lancashire for interview.”

DI Groombridge said it was possible that the men raiding the shop were carrying weapons, though these are not thought to have been firearms. No one was hurt in the raid.

The shop’s ownder, Imran Ali, said he was relieved that nothing was stolen during the incident. Detectives are continuing their investigation into the crime.