Mappin and Webb targeted in daytime raid

Paul W. Coles 27 November 2008

In a dramatic afternoon heist last Wednesday, thieves forced entry into a Cambridge jeweller’s shop before making away with seven watches worth a reported £20,000.

Shortly before 1700 GMT, a man was seen attempting to gain access to Market Hill’s Mappin & Webb through the locked door. Two accomplices, dressed similarly in dark clothes with their faces covered, presently joined him. The three men then used sledgehammers to attack the shop’s front window. After eventually breaking through the reinforced glass, the men fled with their loot to a nearby getaway car.

Despite reports that this is not the first such incident to befall the unfortunate store in recent months, Mappin & Webb, whose Cambridge branch is one of a chain of sixteen nationwide, declined to comment further on the incident, saying only that they awaited the outcome of police investigations.

Detective Constable Natalie Marriott is, however, keen to hear from any witnesses. She said, “We believe the robbers ran across the Market Square before getting into a car so anyone who was in this area may have seen something significant”.

In an unrelated incident, Cambridgeshire Constabulary are also investigating the suspicious disappearance in the county of a watch that had been a gift to its owner from Enzo Ferrari, founder of the renowned Italian car manufacturer which bears his name.

The watch belonged to British racing driver Innes Ireland, and was in the possession of his widow who now lives in the village of Hamerton, outside Cambridge. The unique timepiece, which was custom-made for the famous Italian entrepreneur, has a reported value of up to £3,000, although the investigating constable PC Richard Pocock pointed out that the watch is of far greater sentimental value to Mrs Ireland.

Those with information on either case are invited to contact Cambridgeshire Constabulary directly on 0845 456 4564.

Paul W. Coles