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Milton Keynes £1m raiders start fires to hit jewellers

MK jewellery heist
Image caption Jewellery raiders started fires as a "distraction tactic"

An estimated £1m of jewellery has been taken from a Milton Keynes shopping centre by thieves who started fires as a "distraction", police said.

The burglary at Leslie Davis Jewellers in Eagle Walk in centre:mk happened at about 03:00 BST.

Police said the raiders deployed "planned distraction and deterring tactics" such as using metal ropes to halt vehicles and starting small fires.

Details of the stolen items are still to be confirmed.

Padlocked entry gates

Several fires were started, including one near the open market which caused officers to close Secklow Bridge.

Image caption Details of the stolen items are still to be confirmed

A centre:mk spokesman said the centre was "open as usual".

A similar raid was carried out in August, when thieves broke into Watford's intu centre in the early hours and stole jewellery and watches from several shops.

Police had earlier been called to Gladstone Road, half a mile from the shopping centre, where three cars were alight.

Det Insp Jason Keane from Hertfordshire Police said the force was liaising with Thames Valley Police "in order to establish any possible links".

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