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'Boiler suit' men rob jewellers

Janet Foley said her store had suffered a number of robberies

Masked robbers smashed their way through a Wirral shop window to steal jewellery worth an estimated £100,000.

The men were wearing white boiler-suits during the robbery at Hallmark jewellers on Pensby Road in Heswall on Thursday evening.

They made off in a black car which was later found abandoned, with a large amount of jewellery still inside.

Owner Janet Foley, who tried to grab some of her stock from the robbers, described them as "professionals".

Mrs Foley said staff were in the process of closing when she saw the men striding across the road towards the shop.

I almost ran outside but in hindsight I'm so glad I didn't because they were professionals
Jan Foley, shop owner

She said they used a tool to drill into the window before pulling out sledge hammers.

"They started smashing the window, trying to pull the diamonds out," Mrs Foley said.

"Within the first 10 seconds I assume they got a lot of the big diamonds.

"So I came through and actually came to the window to pull the diamonds back off them.

"I almost ran outside but in hindsight I'm so glad I didn't because they were professionals."

No-one was hurt in the incident and Merseyside Police have appealed for witnesses.

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