Police are appealing for witnesses following an armed robbery at a jewellers in Winchester this morning.
Officers were called to Parchment Street, Winchester, shortly after 9am after two men wearing motorcycle helmets entering Justice jewellers armed with an imitation firearm.
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Armed officers from the Joint Operations Unit were deployed to the scene along with dog units, to assist local officers.
Three men were swiftly arrested and are currently in custody.
Two 21-year-old men from Hertfordshire and a 28-year-old man from London were all arrested on suspicion of robbery.
Fortunately no one was injured during the incident.
A quantity of jewellery was stolen.
Officers have recovered items of jewellery in the surrounding area and these are currently being examined.
Detective Inspector Lee Macarthur said: “This happened in the middle of the busy city centre at a time when there were a lot of people around.
“We have spoken to many witnesses from the scene but we know there are more and we would like these people to come forward as they may have information which can assist our investigation.
“We particularly want to speak to two witnesses who saw the two men run from the shop and into the alleyway at the time of the incident as their accounts will be a valuable line of enquiry.
“I want to reassure the public that this incident was dealt with quickly by specialist officers who were on the scene within minutes.”