A spate of robberies to shops in the High Street culminated today in a reported armed hold up at Solitaire Jewellers. I am told that Darren, who runs the shop, is unhurt though clearly shaken. Prior to this, over the last few weeks Press Gang had its front door forced and there had been further break-ins or attempted break-ins at shops nearer the old Police Station.
Following the first break-ins, we supported shopkeepers’ requests for advice from the Crime Prevention Officers and are waiting to hear the results. Today we have contacted the Bromley Police Inspector in charge of Neighbourhood Policing. Our own Safer Neighbourhood Team is currently under strength due to sickness. We have asked him to arrange for extra policing on our High Street to reassure our shopkeepers and the public.
Solitaire is one of a number of shops in the High Street that add to the range on offer. It is important that they stay and prosper.