Norwich jeweller, Winsor Bishop, has thanked the public for their help during and following Wednesday’s smash-and-grab attack (August 5).

Officers were called to the jewellers after six men wearing motorcycle helmets pulled up outside the store at around 10.50am.

The men were armed with axes and three stayed outside Winsor Bishop revving the mopeds while at least two stormed inside.


It has been said around 30 people watched the men attempt to rob the jewellers but the crowd was wary of approaching them as they had axes.

The control room received more than 40 999 calls from members of the public and as a result of that information officers were able to identify suspects.

Police followed the gang to a wooded area just off the A11 leading to their arrest within an hour of the incident.

Four men aged 25, 24, 22 and 18 were arrested along with a 17-year-old and 14-year-old boy.

Detective Inspector Richard Graveling said: “Fortunately no one was injured during the incident although staff have understandably been left shaken.

“I’d like to thank the public for their assistance. The prompt calls we received from those who witnessed the incident meant we were able to dispatch officers to the scene immediately and quickly obtain descriptions of the suspects which ultimately led to their swift arrest.

“We’re still keen to hear from any witnesses and I would urge people who may have been in the area at the time and have not already spoken to police to come forward.”

Anyone with information should contact Norwich CID on 101 or call Crrimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

On the day of the raid Winsor Bishop took to Facebook and said:

“Following this morning’s incident, we would like to thank all of those heroes on London Street who helped us today. Our team have been incredible and followed all security training procedures. We are pleased to confirm that no one was injured, and that all six attackers are now in police custody. Thanks for your huge support, and we’ll aim to be open for business as usual tomorrow.”

They later posted:

“The team here at Winsor Bishop have been overwhelmed at the level of support we have received from our customers, local businesses, the police, and the general public. We would like to say a huge thank you to all of those who have supported us following yesterday’s incident. There is a lot of shock, there is some trauma but there is a great sense of unity. We are pleased to report that the store is open today for business as usual.”