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Gems stolen in car park close to Chorley church
6:00am Saturday 12th October 2013 in News
Robbers who stole expensive jewellery from sales representatives in a hotel car park escaped in a car parked close to a Chorley church, police said.
The robbery took place at around 8.30am on Monday, September 30 on the car park of the Holiday Inn Express in Reedfield Place, Bamber Bridge.
The victims, both aged in their late 20s, were in a black Peugeot 3008, when they were approached by two or more men in a silver Vauxhall Vectra and a silver Honda Civic.
The men smashed the rear window of the Peugeot and stole two bags containing a quantity of high value jewellery.
The victims were not injured injured.
The robbers then left in the Vectra and Civic, driving them to the Cuerden Valley Park car park at the end of Factory Lane in Whittle-le-Woods at approximately 8.45am.
Both cars were then set on fire and two men ran away to a waiting grey BMW 1 Series parked near to St John's Church on the A6 Preston Road.
The BMW, driven by a third person, did a u-turn in the road before driving off in the direction of Chorley and onto the M61 towards Manchester.
Detective Sergeant Janette Bashall from Southern Division Reactive CID said: “If you witnessed this incident or saw anything suspicious that morning, please call Lancashire Police on 101 quoting log number LC-20131003-0412.
“This incident happened during rush hour and therefore we are convinced someone will have seen something.
“We believe the BMW may have been in convoy with other vehicles so we're particularly keen to speak with anyone that has witnessed this.”
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