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Arrests over 250k jewellery raid

Three men have been arrested in dawn raids across London and the Thames Valley in connection with a £250,000 robbery at a jewellers in Blackburn.

Staff at Ancient and Modern Jewellers in New Market Street were threatened with a crowbar and hammer when thieves stole a range of items on 8 July.

The trio, in their 20s and early 30s, are being brought back to Lancashire where they will be questioned later.

Houses in Surrey, south London and Slough were raided at about 0600 BST.

Earlier this month, a fourth man, pleaded to guilty to his part in the robbery at Preston Crown Court.

Cleon Perry, 32, from Tulse Hill, south London, is due to be sentenced on 17 November.

Two police officers, who were patrolling the town centre at the time of the robbery, chased Perry after he fled the shop and arrested him.

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