01:59AM, Friday 14 June 2013
Quick-thinking staff pulled down the shutters seconds before axe wielding motorcycling raiders could smash their way into a jewellery store.
Police were called to Berry's jewellers in Peascod Street, Windsor soon after 10am today. Staff had spotted two men outside the shop and got the safety shutters down just in time.
The would-be raiders could not get in and fled the scene on motorbikes, dropping an axe which was picked up by a member of the public.
Investigating officer, Detective Constable Phil Wilson said: “Due to the quick actions of the staff, the men were unable to enter the premises ensuring nothing was taken and no staff were put at risk.
“We are encouraging shopkeepers and the local community to be vigilant as we continue investigations.
“We are appealing for any members of the public who saw the men leave the scene to contact us.”
Contact DC Phil Wilson of Maidenhead CID, via the Thames Valley Police on 101 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
This morning's attempted raid happened two months after four armed men smashed their way into nearby Robert Hatward jewellers in King Edward Court using sledgehammers and axes, as terrified customers - one of them a child - watched.
Berry's itself was raided five years ago in September, 2008 by men carrying a replica handgun and a sledgehammer.
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