In extraordinary scenes in Manchester this afternoon, two men on a motorbike smashed through the window of Arthur Kay and Bro Jewellers, a matter of minutes after Marks and Spencer opposite was evacuated in a bomb scare.
Alarmed passers-by witnessed the armed robbers grab handfuls of stock from the high street jeweller before speeding off on the lime green Kawasaki bike.
In an apparent coincidence, there was drama just 20 minutes earlier when the flagship Marks and Spencer store opposite the jeweller was evacuated after a suspicious bag was found by a staff member.
Although the retail giant is back open for business, Arthur Kay and Bro was still shut at the time of publishing.
Police hunting the criminals have issued a description of the driver, who they say was was wearing a black bomber jacket, electric blue T-shirt, grey tracksuit bottoms, black trainers and a silver helmet with red flames.
The shop, which is now part of the Burns Jewellers Group, is one of Manchester’s oldest jewellers, dating from 1897.