Page last updated at 16:34 GMT, Sunday, 16 May 2010 17:34 UK

Lincoln diamond robbers posed as police forensics staff

The abandoned Astra on fire
The car the robbers escaped in was later found abandoned and on fire

Two masked robbers dressed as police forensics officers have stolen diamond jewellery from a shop in Lincoln.

They threatened staff with a hammer at James Usher & Son in Guildhall Street at about 0950 BST on Saturday.

The pair ran out to a waiting green Vauxhall Astra which, a few minutes later, was seen abandoned and on fire in Lindum Terrace.

The robbers and getaway driver then made their escape in a white Transit-type van parked on Arboretum Avenue.

'Audacious crime'

Police said the two robbers - wearing white hooded boiler suits with a "police forensics" logo and dust masks which covered most of their faces - took various pieces of diamond jewellery.

They appeared to target the most valuable items in the shop.

Det Sgt Pete Grayson of Lincoln CID said: "It's a rare crime, fortunately, in Lincoln but a shocking crime nonetheless.

"It would appear to have been well planned.

"The staff are, quite rightly, shocked and members of the public will be very surprised and shocked to have heard about such an offence.

"But it was quite an audacious crime, in respect of that we need to do everything we possibly can to catch these people."

The Astra, registration P56 WCN, was driven by a man described as being in his 40s with long, wavy, fair hair and stubble.

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

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