Armed raid suspect hurt

Police attend the scene of a robbery at Antique and Bargain Stores in the Market Place, Doncaster.
Police attend the scene of a robbery at Antique and Bargain Stores in the Market Place, Doncaster.
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A suspected armed raider was injured when a robbery at a Doncaster town centre jewellery shop went wrong yesterday.

It is believed the man was stabbed in the side, or hit over the head during a struggle, at the Antique and Bargain Stores, which is also a pawnbroker’s shop, in Market Place.

The man, said to be aged around 40, is understood not to have been injured severely because he was able to walk into an ambulance before being taken to hospital.

Another witness believed she saw a man lurking in the area before the robbery took place at around 10.30am.

It is the third armed robbery in Doncaster town centre in less than two months - and the second in a week.

Last Monday the South Yorkshire Credit Union office in Queensgate, Waterdale Centre, was held up by three masked men who got away with cash.

And in June a gang grabbed thousands of pounds’ worth of jewellery from Gary French’s shop on Clock Corner before escaping along Baxter Gate in a Mercedes.

A 44-year-old Bentley woman, who didn’t want to be named, said: “I saw this fella stood with a carrier bag next to the stalls opposite the shop.

“He had a hood over his head and he looked well dodgy.

“I was so concerned I checked my car again to see if it was locked before I went shopping. He was acting very suspiciously.

“When I came back the police had just arrived and I wasn’t surprised there’d been a robbery.”

A paramedic attended the premises shortly after police taped off the crime scene.

Another witness told The Star he had seen a casualty coming out of the Antique and Bargain Stores.

“I was looking in a shop window near the crime scene when an ambulance came and then this man came walking out,” he said.

“He was walking slowly and clutching his left side looking as though he’d been hurt. They took him into the ambulance and it was there about 20 minutes before they left.

“I’ve since heard it was a robber. I think he was about 40.”

Staff at the shop declined to comment about the incident.

“We’re still giving police interviews,” said one.

Police would give no further details about the man’s injuries or whether or not he was under arrest in Doncaster Royal Infirmary.

A spokesman for South Yorkshire Police said: “Officers believe one man was injured during the incident and has been taken to Doncaster Royal Infirmary. Inquiries are ongoing.”

Any witnesses to the incident are urged to call South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident 331 of July 29, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.