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Last Updated: Friday, 23 September 2005, 16:07 GMT 17:07 UK
Shot shopkeeper saved by mobile
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The robber threatened staff at Amore Jewellers in Piries Place
A jeweller was saved by his mobile phone when an armed man opened fire during a raid in West Sussex.

Two shots were fired at Darren Prior when he chased the offender from Amore Jewellers in Horsham after "a quantity of jewellery" was stolen on Thursday.

Shoppers dived for cover as the first bullet missed the man, but the second struck him in the chest.

His mobile phone, which was in his suit jacket pocket, absorbed the impact of the shot and he was unhurt.

'Quiet market town'

The robber first threatened staff at the jewellers in Piries Place, before fleeing along Pump Alley and into a car park in Denne Road, pursued by Mr Prior.

Detectives said they were particularly keen to trace where the man went after he entered the car park and said it was possible he had left in a car.

He was described as black, about 6ft tall, and wearing a white baseball cap and a black hooded top.

Det Insp Jo Wainwright said there was no doubt the shopkeeper's mobile phone had saved him from serious injury.

On Friday, forensic experts were conducting a fingertip search of the scene, while other officers were taking statements from witnesses.

Local trader Brett Hunnisett said the robbery was not something usually expected in the "quiet little market town".

"In the next week or so people are going to be more careful about who they let into their stores," he said.


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