Thieves target Watton jewellers

A pair of thieves stole �40,000 worth of jewellery from a Watton business.

The offenders smashed a small window at the front of Berwick Jewellers, in the High Street, between 3.20am and 3.25am on Wednesday.

They stole 150 items, including 89 rings, earrings, necklaces and pendants, which had a maximum value of �200 and were part of the window display.

David Berwick, 61, joint owner of the independent business with his wife, Colette, 50, set up the shop after moving from London just over four years ago.

He said that the woman who lived in the flat above the shop rang the police after she heard the thieves smashing the glass.

She was not injured but was very shaken and 'terrified', according to Mr Berwick.

He added: 'It is a sign of the times. You move to somewhere like Watton thinking it is going to be a little bit safer than in London but it is not. I'm annoyned.'

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The stolen nine carat jewellery was in boxes and was left in the window display overnight and Mr Berwick did not think anyone would attempt to steal the jewellery because of its low value.

'God knows where they will sell it,' he added.

The businessman said the other window display was not targeted and he will now not leave any jewellery in the displays overnight.

There is CCTV footage of the culprits on the High Street and witnesses should contact PC Chris Bailey-Green at Thetford police station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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