Raids jeweller to shut

Michael Hyman, MD Leonard Dews.
Michael Hyman, MD Leonard Dews.

AN award-winning Lytham jewellers, which has suffered a series of terrifying raids totalling almost £1 million over the last several years, is closing.

Leonard Dews, on Clifton Street, made the shock announcement this week.

The firm said it had come to the decision due to the safety of its staff and the community of Lytham itself.

MD Michael Hyman, who is still reeling from the latest vicious raid in September – when a gang of masked men smashed their way into the premises with sledge hammers – said “enough is enough”.

He fears if the business stays open in its current top-of-the-market trading style, someone could be seriously injured, with the shop continuing to be targeted by brutal thieves.

It will now close on January 31 but will relaunch next May after being rebranded as a less exclusive more downmarket shop in a bid to deter further raids.

A new name for the shop has not yet been revealed,

“I had a look at the health and safety and the staff situation and what it’s doing to Lytham,” said Mr Hyman, 60. “I was concerned if I continue to trade the way I am, it’s going to come back.”

The high profile business has a reputation for the finest diamonds and exquisite jewellery, selling famous names such as Cartier and Chanel.

Read more in this week’s Express.