Laing the Jewellers hit with attempted robbery

Windows have been smashed at Laing the Jewellers on George St. Picture: Jodie Bull
Windows have been smashed at Laing the Jewellers on George St. Picture: Jodie Bull
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A £1.7M jewellery store has had its windows broken in a smash-and-grab bid just three days after it opened.

Laing’s described its new Edinburgh store at the opening on Friday as the “largest luxury jewellery store outside London”.

Raiders targeted the store shortly after 3am today, using an unknown object to smash two windows.

It appears that they were disturbed before getting into the George Street premises, which are less than half a mile from the Louis Vuitton store which was raided on Thursday last week and £80,000-worth of handbags stolen.

And it comes just nine months after a robber armed with a replica pistol raided the Laing’s store in Frederick Street - making off with almost £250,000 of watches in a hijacked cab.

At the opening of the new store on Friday, staff showed off items including a £175,000 necklace featuring 447 diamonds set in platinum.

The necklace, and the rest of the stock, appeared to have been saved by the toughened glass at the store. Although the windows were completely fractured, no more than a tiny hole was made in the glass.

A spokeswoman for Laing’s said: “Nothing has been stolen in the raid. There was an attempted break-in at 3.16am with no stock being taken. There is CCTV, that’s how we know.

“I think it was two men involved.”

Asked if they had boosted security following the Multree’s Walk raid, the spokeswoman said: “No, I think they had already got their security in place.

“We are disappointed this has happened so soon after opening but it is business as usual today.”