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Victoria Police to meet with key figures to tackle spate of armed robberies


Crisis talks will be held to combat a wave of terrifying raids on Melbourne jewellers.

Victoria Police and industry figures will meet next week in an attempt to put a stop to a spate of alarming armed robberies, which have left Melburnians on edge.  

There are fears armed teenage gangs are acting on organised crime bosses orders, with teenagers being used to commit the heists because they’ll receive more lenient penalties if caught.

Victims say the raids are threatening to drive some operators out of business.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 25: A general view of IMP Jewellery on Toorak Road in Toorak which was robbed by three armed bandits wearing balaclavas and hooded jumpers today on October 25, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Stefan Postles/Fairfax Media)

A general view of IMP Jewellery on Toorak Road in Toorak.

The security summit comes after IMP jewellery store was targeted by armed thugs for a second time in three months on the weekend.

A group of males armed with a firearm, hammer and axe, trashed the Toorak store, assaulted a staff member and stole a large quantity of jewellery.