HARROGATE ARMED ROBBERY UPDATES: Police carrying out ‘reassurance’ patrols

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North Yorkshire Police officers are conducting reassurance patrols in Harrogate today following yesterday’s armed raid at Montpellier Antiques.

Staff at Montpellier Antiques were threatened with a machete and an axe by four masked robbers during a terrifying raid yesterday morning.

NADV 15030161AM1 A police officer guards the the building used by Montpellier Antiques. Picture : Adrian Murray. (15030161AM1)

NADV 15030161AM1 A police officer guards the the building used by Montpellier Antiques. Picture : Adrian Murray. (15030161AM1)

The robbers burst into Montpellier Antiques at around 11.40am before making off with high value jewellery.

Police have now tweeted they will be ‘conducting high visibility reassurance patrols’ following the incident which left staff shaken up.

Officers initally said that staff at the Montpellie Mews store were threatened with what they believed was a gun, however police later revealed the robbers actually used a machete and an axe.

Detective Chief Inspector Andrea Kell of North Yorkshire Police, said: “No-one was injured in the incident, however, the staff have been very shaken up by what happened. I am appealing to anyone who can assist the investigation to contact us as matter of urgency.”

The suspects fled the scene in a dark coloured Lexus with the registration number BG57 XTV which was found this afternoon.

The car used by four robbers after a terrifying raid at an antique store this morning has been found on Glebe Avenue in Harrogate.

Police are appealing to anyone in that area who saw the vehicle being abandoned or saw the suspects leave the scene, to contact them.

Call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 1 and pass information to the Force Control Room.

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Please quote reference number 161 of 16 March 2015.