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Police appeal to trace Leeds jewellers armed robbers

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Detectives investigating an armed robbery at a jewellers in Leeds have made two further arrests.

Officers were called to Berrys Jewellers, in Albion Street, at 3.18pm yesterday after three masked men entered the store and threatened staff with what were later established to have been BB-type pellet guns.

They left with a quantity of jewellery but one of the offenders was detained at the scene by members of the public and then arrested by officers. A bag containing a large number of watches was recovered.

Detective Chief Inspector Lisa Atkinson, Head of Leeds District Reactive CID, said: “As a result of that initial arrest we began some real-time enquiries that led us to a hotel in Manchester city centre where two other men were arrested last night.

“All three men are currently in custody in connection with the robbery. The men are from Eastern Europe and we are currently conducting enquiries to confirm their identities.

“This was clearly a very shocking incident to take place during the day in the city centre and we would again like to recognise the bravery and public-spiritedness of those members of the public who intervened and detained one of the suspects.

“Our enquiries into this offence are continuing and we would still like to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident, saw any of the suspects leaving the scene or who has any information that could assist the investigation.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Leeds District CID via 101 or call the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.