Town centre jewellers targeted in early hours robbery

11th April 2022

A jewellers on King Street has become the latest target of thieves after being broken into overnight.

John Bell jewellers on the corner of Eastbank Street and King Street was hit by opportunist thieves around 1am in the early hours of this morning.

At around 1.30am, officers were called to reports that three males were breaking into John Bell Jewellers on Kings Street and items were stolen.

The front entrance to the building was completely destroyed and suspects appear to have ripped down the front door from the jewellers hinges.

It’s not yet known how much was taken in the raid.

Police have since closed off part of the street and an investigation into the incident has begun.

It was reported that the suspects drove off in a white Seat car towards Portland Street.

It’s the second time in just under a month that a jewellers merchant in Southport has been the target of a robbery.

The town was closed off recently when Rebecca’s Jewellers was robbed in a motorbike gang organised robbery.

Police are still hunting a number of individuals associated with that incident.

Anyone who witnessed anything suspicious around the time of last night’s robbery is asked to call 101 immediately.

Detectives are appealing for information following a ram raid in Southport in the early hours of this morning, Monday 11 April.

Detective Inspector Paul Gillies said: “Thankfully no one was hurt while the offenders rammed the front of the shop and carried out the burglary.

“At this early stage of the investigation we are looking for any information on the movement of the white Seat before and after this incident, as well as any suspicious activity in the area.

“If you were passing on foot or in a vehicle, and have any images, video or dashcam footage, get in touch as any small piece of evidence could be crucial to identifying those responsible and putting them before the courts.

“Likewise, if any individuals or businesses who are offered to buy any jewellery since the incident and have any suspicions where it came from then do the right thing and get in contact.”

Please contact our social media desk on Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’ with reference 22000246949 or call 101. You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.