BREAKING NEWS: Chichester jewellery shops targeted again

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Two Chichester city centre jewellery shops have been broken into overnight.

Gold Arts, and Ernest Jones, next to The Cross in East Street had several windows smashed through with sledgehammers in the early hours of this morning (Wednesday, March 5).

Scenes of crimes officers from Sussex Police have been at the scene overnight gathering evidence.

PC Ali Hutchings said: “Police arrived on the scene within a minute of the report and an immediate search was launched. A car was seen to make off down Marsh Lane towards the A259, which stopped at Drayton. One man stayed in the car and was arrested and a second man was tracked through the field by a dog unit before being arrested in the grounds of White Whyke House.

“This is an ongoing investigation and officers are continuing to gather evidence. I would like to thank the quick thinking members of the public who called police immediately on seeing the break-in. Anyone with information who has yet to make contact is asked to call us or Crimestoppers as soon as possible.”

A 31-year-old man from Havant, Hampshire, and a 25-year-old man from Chichester have been arrested on suspicion of burglary and are currently in custody awaiting interview.

It is the second such attack Ernest Jones has suffered in the last month. Would be burglars left a sledgehammer in the window of the shop after an attempted raid at 2.15am on February 15.

If you have any information with the investigation call 101 quoting reference number 0059 07/03/12