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Police hail 'good leads' as Crimewatch highlights gems raid.

MORE than 50 calls were made to officers investigating armed robberies after scenes of a Chester jewellery raid were reconstructed on BBC's Crimewatch programme.

Police confirm they are following a number of "very good" leads and are confident significant progress will be made in cracking the crimes which saw property stolen with a total value of around pounds 1.25m in thefts from jewellery stores in Chester, Winchester, Cheltenham, Birmingham and Surrey. The Chester robbery took place on August 31, 2006, at Waltons, in Eastgate Street.

The raid there saw cabinets being damaged and staff rounded up into one part of the store. There were three robbers and one brandished a hand gun.

A large number of expensive watches were stolen by the trio, who collided with a small child's pushchair as they made off on foot.

Detective Sgt Simon Black well, who is involved in the investigation of the local incident at Waltons Jewellers, said: "Crimewatch has helped us raise the profile of our investigations to a national level and I've no doubt that will prove invaluable."

Anyone with any information about the Chester robbery should contact DS Simon Blackwell or DC Clare Fletcher on 01244 613134.

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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Mar 7, 2007
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