Crimewatch helped me face my robbery ordeal

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A Chorley mum relived the terrifying moment she was tied up by armed robbers in a social club for the TV cameras.

Jayne Smith, manager of the St Gregory’s club on Ash Grove, appeared on BBC show Crimewatch Roadshow on Tuesday morning.

The 40-year-old recalled the frightening night last December when two men threatened her with a knife and shoved her into the back room.

Crimewatch created a reconstruction of the events for the show and issued an appeal for viewers to help solve the crime.

Mum-of-two Jayne said: “I haven’t been able to talk about it properly before, so doing Crimewatch made me face up to what happened.

“I don’t plan to watch the show though, because the reconstruction will just bring back the terrifying memories.”

Chorley police suggested that Jayne be featured in the special episode in an effort to catch the criminals.

“I was locking up one Sunday night when two men came into the club,” Jayne said. “One of them had a knife and they said they wanted money.

“They pushed me into the back room and I opened the safe.

“Then they pushed me quite roughly against a table and tied my hands behind my back with sticky tape.”

She added: “I have a photo of my young son and daughter on the wall and I just kept looking at that to get me through the ordeal.”

The men escaped with £4,000 and Jayne managed to walk to a member’s house across the road, who untied her and called the police.

She said: “It was really nerve-wrecking being interviewed for live TV, but I did it because I want them to catch those responsible.

“It also shows people what I went through and how it affected me.

“I haven’t been able to work a Sunday night since.”

Now, nobody locks up on their own at the club and Jayne is coming to terms with what happened.

“It could have been a lot worse,” she said. “I’m just glad they didn’t hurt me.”

John Redshaw, the producer of the show, said: “Lancashire police told the Crimewatch Roadshow team about the robbery and said the raiders were not shy of using violence.

“Jayne Smith plucked up enough courage to be interviewed.

“We’ve had a number of calls from Crimewatch Roadshow viewers and all leads have been passed directly to the police.”

Det Insp Paul Rudd, who investigated the crime and also appeared on Crimewatch, added: “I am confident someone in the town knows who is responsible for the offences.

“I would urge anybody with any information or suspicions to contact police.”

Call dectectives on 0845 1253545 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.