I’m overwhelmed by your kindness

DC Emma Goodridge briefs PCSO Natalie Chew and Heidi Gouldsborough in Brighouse town centre.

DC Emma Goodridge briefs PCSO Natalie Chew and Heidi Gouldsborough in Brighouse town centre.

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A SHOPKEEPER whose business was attacked twice in eight days by armed raiders has been overwhelmed by the support from his customers and friends.

Steven Neimantas who runs a jewellers in Commercial Street has contacted the Brighouse Echo to express his gratitude to those who have supported him over the past three weeks.

His letter reads:

“Please may I take this opportunity to thank all our customers and friends for their kind thoughts and words and many gifts in the past days after our recent troubles, it is very much appreciated.

“I would also like to thank the police for their quick response and hard work in trying to catch those responsible.”

Police were out in force last Friday morning in a bid to jog the memories of any shoppers who may have been in the area when the two robberies happened.

In the first raid, three masked men armed with sledge hammers smashed the front windows of the store at 9.45am on Friday, August 12, before fleeing with jewellery in a silver Audi A5. The vehicle was found later that day in Lane Head Court, Brighouse.

Then on Friday, August 19, two men armed with a gun and a sledge hammer burst into the store at 9am, filling a bag with jewellery. They escaped with a third man in a black Vauxhall Corsa, later found in Harley Street, Rastrick.

Detective Con Emma Goodridge, from Calderdale CID, said police were hoping to speak to anyone in the area that might have been around at the time of the incidents.

Officers were drafted in from throughout Calderdale to help with the operation. “Some people perhaps didn’t realise that they had something to offer and the smallest piece of information is really important to us,” said DC Goodridge. “We want to hear from anyone that might have seen or heard anything since, no matter how insignificant they feel it may be.”

Anyone who has information should call Halifax CID on 01422 337085 or CrimeStoppers on 0800 555111.