Staff ‘terrified’ in gunpoint raid at Halifax jewellers

Owner of Lister Horsfall Jewellers, Halifax, Nick Horsfall.
Owner of Lister Horsfall Jewellers, Halifax, Nick Horsfall.

A “terrified” shop assistant was threatened at gunpoint during a robbery at a Halifax jewellers - a month to the day after hammer-wielding men smashed their way into the store.

Three men entered the Lister Horsfall Jewellers, on Corn Market, armed with a gun, crowbars and a hammer and stole £650,000 worth of watches in a heist on Thursday, February 5, shortly before 5pm.

Workmen remove broken display cases after a robbery at Lister Horsfall Jeweller, Halifax

Workmen remove broken display cases after a robbery at Lister Horsfall Jeweller, Halifax

The two staff members were threatened and told to not move while the men smashed the front windows and stole hundreds of Rolex watches.

The sales assistant, who did not want to be named, said: “One of them had a gun and pointed it at me so I couldn’t alert anyone. The other two people smashed the windows and stole the watches.

“It was quite violent and I was terrified. They knew what they were doing.

“No one should have to go through that at work.”

Nick Horsfall, managing director, said: “This feels unfair. The first time was bad but this time has really got us all down.

“I feel for the staff more than anything and my main objective is to protect them.

“Staff now feel on edge when anyone walks through the door.

“We are now working on extra security measures and have already fitted increased protection.”

Last month, three hammer-wielding men smashed their way into the jewellers and terrified staff during a dramatic heist.

The raiders, all wearing balaclavas, ran to the security-locked door and started hitting it with a sledgehammer.

The men stole 32 Rolex watches and wrecked the security locks of the door and the glass security windows inside the shop, causing around £250,000 worth of damage and loss to the business in the raid just as the shop was closing.

The shop had just replaced the final watch from the last robbery when it happened.

Detective Constable Lee Mason, of Calderdale CID, said: “This was an extremely frightening and horrific incident.

“It is difficult to imagine how it feels to have a gun pointed at you. The staff members involved were understandably left shocked and extremely shaken by their ordeal.

“Fortunately no-one was injured as a result of the incident.

“We wish to speak to anyone who saw these men either before the incident or fleeing the scene afterwards.

“Once they got to the top of Cheapside it is believed that the males ran to the left heading for the Post Office. There will have been a number of people stood at the many bus stops in the area who may have seen them. We ask any of these people to come forward.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Calderdale CID on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.