Berkshire

Maidenhead 'have a go hero' tackles jewellery robbers

A man tackled one of four armed robbers raiding a Berkshire jewellers as the gang made their getaway.

Four people on two motorbikes raided the Ernest Jones shop in Maidenhead High Street on Saturday morning.

"Martin", 54, of Maidenhead, who does not want to be identified, said he was shopping with his wife when he kicked one of the men off a bike.

The robber tried to get back on "but I told him not to bother", he said. All four robbers fled on one motorbike.

Sledge hammer

The four offenders used a sledge hammer to smash the shop's display window but left empty-handed.

Martin told Thames Valley Police: "I didn't really think about what I was doing, I just ran at one of the men sat on the bike, jumped and kicked him off.

"I landed on top of the bike and he tried to grab the bike back but I told him not to bother."

He said one of the men, carrying a sledge hammer, "turned towards me and sort of pointed it in my direction, so I went towards him and grabbed it out of his hand".

"Two of them started to ride off and the other two ran after them. I started to chase them and threw the hammer at the bike but unfortunately they got away."

He said his wife had tried to stop him but he "didn't really think about the consequences".

The offenders were all dressed in dark clothing and were wearing helmets.

Motorbike recovered

A green Triumph motorbike, stolen from Surrey on 14 February, was recovered at the scene with the registration L609 KXW.

Police want to speak to anyone who may have seen the bike on the day it was stolen.

Det Con Sara Harrison, of Thames Valley Police, also appealed for witnesses to the raid, and any suspicious vehicles in the area beforehand, to come forward.

She said the offenders may also have dumped the black motorbike on which they fled.

"We are aware of a number of similar cases to this one across the country and this is the third time this particular jewellers has been targeted," she added.

"We are liaising with the Metropolitan Police and other forces as part of the ongoing investigation."

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