£3,000 Valentine’s jewel raid

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THIEVES snatched two valuable rings from a city centre shop on St Valentine’s Day.

Police in Durham are investigating the theft of rings at 2.25pm on Monday at the Market Cross jewellers in Elvet Bridge.

One man entered the shop and distracted an assistant while another took two 18-carat yellow gold diamond cluster rings, worth £3,000.

The men then left the shop and turned right towards the Swan and Cygnet pub down the cobbled bridge.

Durham Constabulary has released CCTV images of two men they are hoping to trace.

One of the men is described as 5ft 7in to 5ft 8in tall, of slim build, in his early 20s, with short dark hair and a dirty complexion.

He was wearing a dark-coloured hooded jacket and dark jeans.

The second man was aged about 35, 6ft 1in to 6ft 2in tall, of medium build and had short dark hair.

He was wearing a blue checked shirt, dark hooded jacket and blue jeans. Both men had strong Tyneside accents.

Any witnesses or anyone with information is asked to contact Durham Constabulary on 0345 60 60 365 and ask for Pc Phil Stephenson at Durham or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.