Jeweller tells of terror as raiders target Burnley shop

A BURNLEY jewellers was raided by thieves less than a year after the shop was hit by armed robbers in a £30,000 heist.

Muzaffar Jewellers, in Brougham Street, was targeted in a terrifying attack early on Monday morning as the owner slept upstairs.

In your weekend Express Muzaffar Ali describes the heart-stopping moment he awoke to hear raiders tear metal shutters off the front of the shop.

The father-of-four (52) hit a police panic button as the gang smashed through two double doors to get in.

Mr Ali, who has owned the shop since 1994, said: “It was terrifying. I cannot begin to describe it. I have never recovered from the last one. I could not believe it was happening to me again.”

He said the gang struck around 1-45 a.m. and believed they used a car to rip off the security shutters before searching the shop and leaving empty handed.

The jewellers was struck in February 19th last year by an armed gang – one of whom was dressed in a traditional Asian clothing including a burqa. A huge haul of traditional Asian jewellery was stolen in the raid and four men were later charged with the offence.

Anyone with information about this latest raid can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.