MEN with crowbars and sledgehammers raided a jewellery shop in Swanage.

Armed police rushed to the Georgian Gems jewellers in High Street on Saturday evening after they were called at 7.55pm.

A safe was stolen from inside the jewellers during the incident. There were no reports of any injuries.

Searches were carried out in a bid to locate the offenders who reportedly fled in a vehicle.

Police said a white Volkswagen Golf has been recovered as part of the investigation.

Detective Inspector Neil Wright, of Bournemouth CID, said: “A full and thorough investigation is underway to identify and arrest the offenders. We are carrying out a number of enquiries today, including house-to-house visits.

“There were a number of people in the area at the time and I am appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident, or saw the offenders abandon the vehicle, and has not already spoken to police to come forward.

“I would like to hear from any motorists who may have been travelling in the area at the time and captured any relevant dashcam footage. I am also keen to hear from anyone who may have filmed all or part of the incident on their mobile phone.

"I understand this incident must have caused some concern to members of the public and officers from the local neighbourhood policing team can be approached with any concerns."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at, via email or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55190173160. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via