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Robbers on run near GWH after breaking in to jewellers
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- Robbers broke in to Deacons, in Marlborough High Street, at 9.45am
- Escaped in but crashed car in Aldbourne area and set it on fire
- Seperate incident sees car evade police in Swindon
- This vehicle hits a lorry on A419 sliproad near GWH
- Try and hide in woods near hospital.
- Two have been arrested, police are still looking for at least two suspects
Police have arrested three men on suspicion of robbery following a theft at a jewellery store in Marlborough High Street.
It is not clear how many men initially burst into Deacon’s at 9.45am but they started smashing display cases and grabbing jewellery and cash. It is not thought they were armed at the time.
They then sped off in a Citroen Picasso which was later found abandoned and on fire. The men then commandeered a black Seat and were later spotted travelling at excessive speed on the A419.
Close to the slip road at Commonhead, they crashed with a Royal Mail lorry and another car before three men made off on foot.
One was arrested almost immediately while two others ran off into woods close to the Great Western Hospital, being pursued by dog units, an armed response team and the police helicopter.
A short time later they were both arrested. Some of the items from Deacons were recovered at the scene. It is not yet clear whether this was all of the stolen items or money.
Police have thanked all the people who have contacted them but are still appealing for information.
Hannah Warren, who works at clothes shop Fat Face opposite Deacons, said: "We saw three lads run into the shop and they started smashing it up so we were on the phone to the cops straight away.
"About 40 seconds later a fourth went in. They were all in balaclavas or hats and bandanas.
"Fi saw the driver in the car and got the registration and gave it to the police.
"I don't know what they used to smash the place up, it looked like baseball bats or hammers.
"There was no one in the shop so I was stood at the door waiting for customers so I saw everything.
"They saw that we'd clocked them so they left, it all happened so quickly, it was surreal.
Colleague Fiona Hall added: "Because of where this shop is we could see everything.
"We locked up the shop and went over to help."
Linda Pope, from the Gallery also in the High Street, said: "I didn't see anything of the robbery I just saw the car.
"I think there were four men but I couldn't be sure and they were shouting go or something. I heard the shouting and I thought 'people don't shout in Marlborough'. "
The suspects have been apprehended - although police would not confirm how many arrests were made.
The car being recovered from the A419.
Managing Director of Deacon and Son, Richard Deacon, said: "As managing director I would like to thank all of the members of the public who helped us this morning.
"Everybody has been very helpful and we really appreciate it.
"It's thanks to their help that the robbers, or at least some of the robbers were caught.
"Unfortunately it is one of the risks of the trade.
"The matter is in the hands of the local police now and they are dealing with it very rapidly."
Traffic on the A419 northbound
Pictures from the scene in Marlborough High Street
Police have temporarily closed the A419 northbound for allow for recovery of a black Seat.
Motorists can still come off at the Commonhead sliproad and the road should be fully reopened shortly.
A dog unit is currently searching a small field on GWH land which is adjacent to the A419.
Traffic is now starting to back up along the A419 northbound.
A recovery vehicle has just arrived on the scene at the A419 to recover a black Seat.
Traffic officers are on the scene and one lane of the A419 close to the slip road remains closed, however traffic is flowing freely.
The car on fire, in Free's Avenue. Picture send in by Paul Maine.
The police presence at GWH.
A lady working at the estate agent’s Carter Jonas, which is opposite the jeweller’s, saw the robbery happen around 9.40am.
She said: “The first I heard was a shout and I looked out and saw these guys running. They had their faces covered and they got into a car that was parked outside and sped off.
“I think it was a Citroen Picasso, but I couldn’t be sure. It was awful, quite shocking, a lot of people ran across to them as the men had gone. The police arrived very quickly, they were on the High Street within a couple of minutes.
“It was quite shocking for Marlborough High Street, it’s not really what you expect for Marlborough. There were a lot of concerned bystanders and a lot of people who saw what happened.”
Statement from Wiltshire Police:
Shortly before 9.45am this morning, Wiltshire Police were called to a report of a robbery at Deacon & Sons, High Street, Marlborough.
Five males made their way into the store and started smashing up display cabinets and grabbing items of jewellery.
The men then got into a vehicle which was waiting outside the store.
The car then sped off towards the Aldbourne direction. This car then crashed and was set alight close to the junction of John Coles Close and Freeland Avenue.
A short time later, another vehicle made off from police in Swindon before colliding with two other vehicles on the A419 slip road close to the Great Western Hospital and the occupants of the car ran off into the wooded area around the hospital.
A large number of police officers, dogs and the police helicopter are currently in the area of the Great Western Hospital.
Three males have currently been detained.
Chief Inspector Keith Ewart of Swindon Operations said: "These are clearly two very serious incidents which are ongoing. I am unable to confirm whether they are connected at this stage.
"There will be a large police presence in the area of the Great Western Hospital and in Marlborough over the next few hours.
"I would urge anyone who may have witnessed any suspicious vehicles or incident within Marlborough to come forward.
"Likewise, anyone who was present at the Great Western Hospital and may have witnessed males running from the direction of the A419, should contact Wiltshire Police on 101 immediately."
Anyone with information is asked to contact Wiltshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.
The lorry hit by one of the vehicles is believed to belong to Royal Mail.
POLICE have arrested two men in Swindon, and are hunting for a third, following a robbery at a jewellers in Marlborough.
The incident happened at Deacons, in the High Street, at 9.45am. They then fled in a getaway vehicle.
It is belived the group then sped off and later crashed this vehicle and set it on fire.
Police are also dealing with another incident in which a car made off from police before heading down the A419, where they hit a lorry on the sliproad at Commonhead, next to the Great Western Hospital.
The occupants tried to escape into the woods behind the hospital.
Two men have been arrested in the last 15 minutes but Wiltshire Police are still looking for at least two suspects. The police helicopter is assisting in the search.
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