Portsmouth jewellery raid: what do we know?

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DETECTIVES are hunting for seven thieves after jewellery was stolen in a raid.

Here’s what we know about the early hours burglary so far:

• A ‘significant’ amount of jewellery was stolen in the raid at Ernest Jones.

• Four of the burglary gang set fires at the back of Cascades Shopping Centre to distract emergency services.

• They smashed a glass door near Starbucks to get into the centre.

• Sledgehammers and other tools were recovered at the scene.

• Police were called at 2.52am.

• Nikki Rummins, branch manager at Ernest Jones, said no jewellery belonging to customers was stolen.

• The raiders are thought to have smashed their way through Wallis to flee.

• Up to seven people are thought to be involved in the raid.

• Detectives are scouring CCTV to find whoever is responsible.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101.