Devon

Case dropped against Honiton jewellery raid accused

CCTV image of jewellery suspect Image copyright Devon and Cornwall Police
Image caption Edward O'Hare was captured on CCTV robbing the shop

Prosecutors have dropped the case against a man accused of robbing an antiques shop in Devon.

Silver, gold and jewellery worth £150,000 was stolen from Sanwell Antiques in Honiton last March.

Prosecutors offered no evidence against Kevin Neal, 52, from London, during a hearing at Exeter Crown Court.

Edward O'Hare, 45 - caught on CCTV during the raid and who previously admitted robbery - was remanded in custody to be sentenced in March.

O'Hare was filmed attacking a female staff member as she opened the shop in Honiton's High Street on a Saturday morning. She was left shaken but unhurt.

Items taken included gold bangles, bracelets, necklaces and rings, including 200-300 rings set with diamonds and semi-precious stones.

O'Hare - of no fixed abode, who later fled to Belgium but was extradited - admitted robbery at a hearing in November.

His sentencing on Tuesday was adjourned to allow pre-sentencing reports to be prepared.

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