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Watch: 4 men steal over "a million pounds" worth of jewellery in broad daylight

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Police are investigating after a robbery at a jewellers on Princess Victoria Street in Clifton, Bristol at approximately 12.50pm today.

The owner of the store, Stephen Grey-Harris, told ITV News that he believes that the men got away with jewellery worth "in excess of one million pounds."

Four offenders arrived at the scene on motorbikes and used weapons to smash the store windows.

Princess Victoria Street remains closed as police continue to investigate the incident.

The scene after the robbery. Credit: ITV News

Police advice for making your home safer

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Avon and Somerset Police are giving people advice on how to make your home safer.

Officers recommend:

- always using a door chain when you have an unexpected caller

- fitting motion sensing security lights around your property

- keeping tools locked up in a secure shed or garage

- making sure garden furniture and wheelie bins can’t be moved to gain access to upstairs windows

- locking up and setting the alarm, if you have one, at night as well as when you go out hiding your keys and handbag or wallet safely out of sight

- never leaving your keys in the back of the door or window

- keeping cash in the bank

- keeping jewellery and other high-value items with a specialist secure storage company

- keeping photographs and a description of items with sentimental value

- using a traceable asset marking liquid on items like jewellery or antiques

- using timer light switches to make it look like there’s someone home

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Pet ducks decapitated during burglary

Police have been going door to door in the area. Credit: PA

Pet ducks have reportedly being decapitated during a spate of burglaries in a village in Gloucestershire.

Sheds and garages were targeted at three homes in Newport, near Berkeley, on Sunday night. Thousands of pounds worth of property was taken.

  • 11:30pm - 8am: a shed burglary where offenders forced entry and stole a lawnmower, wheelbarrow and other power tools
  • 7pm - 7am: a garage burglary. Two large compressors and a bike were stolen
  • time unknown: a shed burglary. Bikes stolen, and offenders tried to break into a caravan. The victim reported that her ducks had been decapitated

Police conducted house to house enquiries in the area, and are asking people to follow their crime prevention advice.

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Devon and Cornwall police must improve how it tackles child sexual exploitation

A report says Devon and Cornwall Police has a 'lack of understanding' of the extent of child exploitation across the force area. Credit: PA: Fabian Stratenschulte

A report says Devon and Cornwall Police has a 'lack of understanding' of the extent of child exploitation across the force area.

HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) found the way officers deal with children who regularly go missing was highlighted as a serious concern which needs to be improved.

Devon and Cornwall Police demonstrated a strong commitment to improving services for the protection of vulnerable people. However, while we found a number of examples of good work to protect children, this commitment has not yet resulted in consistently improved outcomes for children.

We were concerned to find that in a significant number of cases we looked at, poor supervision and record keeping had undermined decision making and safeguarding measures. Some serious cases were investigated by non-specialist officers, resulting in delays, and potential risks posed by alleged offenders not being considered.

The force must also improve how it tackles child sexual exploitation. While the force is taking some steps to address this, it still has much more to do to demonstrate that it is able to effectively identify and safeguard children at risk. We found a concerning case involving a 15 year old girl who, in August 2014, was identified at being at risk of exploitation by an older man. We found no evidence that a longer-term safeguarding plan had been put in place to protect the girl from further exploitation and, at the time of the inspection, the girl still had not been spoken to by police. This is not acceptable.

– Wendy Williams, HM Inspector of Constabulary

Devon and Cornwall Police says it welcomes the report and its acknowledgement of the hard work and commitment to improving services safeguarding children.

We are working hard to deliver improved outcomes for children and work that has been undertaken by the Force has shown that we have to improve recording standards, as often a great deal of work has taken place but has not been captured within the Force’s IT systems.

In respect of Child Sexual Exploitation, the Force has a dedicated team which deal with these types of offences and we are working with all of our partners to deliver the standards contained within the Peninsula Protocol and Strategy.

The Force also recognises the importance of not detaining children and young people in custody and at the time of the inspection we were working with children’s services across the peninsula to ensure appropriate arrangements are put into place to avoid this from occurring.

– Detective Superintendent Paul Northcott, Head of Devon and Cornwall’s public protection unit
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