Update: Three Grimsby men in custody following ‘hammer’ robbery at Louth jewellers

Police at the scene shortly after the alleged robbery in Louth.
Police at the scene shortly after the alleged robbery in Louth.
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Three men from Grimsby are in police custody following Monday’s armed robbery at a jewellers shop in Louth.

Police say two men forced entry to the back of Eastgate Jewellers in Eastgate, at 1.20pm, wearing motorbike helmets, and smashed display cabinets with hammers.

Brave members of the public impeded the offenders’ getaway by knocking over their motorbike and by holding the door closed on the shop.

One suspect, a 32-year-old man from Grimsby, was arrested soon after the incident on Aswell Street but the other ran off on foot through the town.

A large-scale police ground search took place, supported by Humberside Police’s helicopter, and the second suspect was eventually arrested in the North Lincolnshire area. He is 25 and also from Grimsby.

A third Grimsby man, 29, was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender. All three remain in custody being interviewed by detectives.

Jewellery stolen from the shop was recovered by police.

Any witnesses who have not already been spoken to by officers should contact Lincolnshire Police on 101, quoting incident 186 of June 24.