A WITNESS to an armed robbery in Truro this morning has told how he had a gun pointed in face as he went to see what was going on.

Will Rowland from Redruth said at first he thought it was a joke men in fancy dress coming out of doorway next to Michael Spiers Jewellery shop in Lemon Street this morning.

Writing on Facebook he said: "Just had a gun pointed at me outside Jewellery Shop Truro.

"About hour or hour n half ago (time now 1044)!! Typical me in wrong place at wrong time.

"Five men in masks n hats came out of doorway next to Michael Spiers Jewellery shop.

"I thought is this a joke or fancy dress but then i saw them go in Jewellry shop next door just grabbing tonnes of stuff in the shelves stuffing it in Bags.

"I prayed to God for protection then went to doorway to see what they're up to or even try n stop them. But the first man came to door pointing a gun n said don't come near, so i backed off to other side of road. "Probably a fake gun but im not risking it for some jewellery. Next they got in getaway car by then quite a few men were there.

"It dodged some traffic n sped up lemon street . A dustbin van nearly blocked them but apparently they held gun to him too. Got to give my witness statement to police."

Police have launched an investigation following the armed robbery at Michael Spiers Jewellers on Lemon Street, Truro this morning. A member of the public was injured.

Officers were notified just before 10am today, Wednesday, January 10, to reports of an armed robbery at the jewellers.

Police attendanded and a scene guard was put in place whilst scenes of crime officers carry out enquiries.

A gun was seen by witnesses lying on the floor following the robbery

A member of the public is believed to have been injured in the incident. His injuries are said to be minor.

Inspector Rick Milburn said: “We have reports that four to five armed men entered the jewellers. A firearm has been seized at the scene.

“It is believed that a noxious liquid was sprayed at a member of the public, his injuries are being treated as minor and paramedics treated him at the scene.

“This is an extremely rare incident to happen in Truro and thankfully no one was seriously harmed in the incident.

“Scenes of Crime Officers are currently at the scene carrying out further enquiries. Searches are underway for the suspects.

“We are continuing dynamic inquiries at present and ask anyone with information to contact us via 101 quoting log number 204 10/01/18.”

The male suspects are currently outstanding and a search is underway.

Anyone with information is asked to call police quoting log number 204 10/01/18.

Information can also be passed anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org