Eight people have been arrested following three robberies over the last week in Calderdale.
N C Jewellers in Hebden Bridge was targeted on Friday, June 24, Kingston Diamond Merchants, Halifax town centre, was targeted on Tuesday, June 26, and Neimantas in Brighouse was hit last night.
Detective Chief Inspector Chris Gibson of Calderdale Police said: “Eight people have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit robbery following pre-planned policing operations across the district following three offences committed between Friday, June 23 and Thursday, June 30.
“Whilst there have been no physical injuries sustained during the incidents, clearly this has been very distressing for victims, and has caused understandable concern across the communities of Calderdale.
“We have a large number of officers dedicated to these enquiries. Criminals targeting our communities are not welcome on our streets and we will do everything within our power to detect offences, apprehend those responsible and bring them to justice.
“I would also like to thank the members of the public and local businesses owners around the targeted premises for their continued support and cooperation and for coming forward with information to assist with our enquiries. If anyone who has any information who has not yet come forward, I would ask for them to do so.
“I would also like to thank those in Brighouse on Thursday who made efforts to apprehend the suspects even though they were believed to be in possession of weapons, showing great bravery and selflessness, and true community spirit in their actions.”
Those arrested, seven men aged 38, 36, 29, 27, 27, 22 and 20 and 16-year old girl, all from Calderdale remain in police custody.
Anyone who has any information is asked to contact Calderdale CID via 101, or through the independent, anonymous crime fighting charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.