Man appeared before magistrates yesterday (Thursday) morning in connection with Barnstaple incident

An 18-year-old man from Bideford has been charged with attempted armed robbery for an incident at Coopers Jewellers in Barnstaple on May 28.

Benjamin Barton, of Clovelly Road appeared before Exeter Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Thursday) charged with attempted armed robbery and possession of an imitation fire arm with intent to commit a grade one offence.

Barton entered no plea to the charges and was remanded in custody to appear at Exeter Crown Court on July 23.

Police would like to thank all those that have come forward as witnesses and given their time to help with the investigation.