A NINTH person has been charged after more than half a million pounds-worth of watches and jewellery were allegedly taken from a Bournemouth jewellers during an armed robbery.

A Samurai sword and ammonia are also alleged to have been used to threaten a man at Franses Jewellers in Westover Road just after midday on March 14.

In April, seven people appeared in court in connection with an allegation of armed robbery.

Two of the accused are from Bournemouth and five from London.

Last month, an eighth person was charged in connection with the incident.

On Monday, Sophie Rivers, who is 29 and of Church Lane, Wandsworth, London, appeared at Poole Magistrates' Court charged with conspiracy to commit robbery.

Rivers has not entered a plea to the charge against her. She was remanded on bail to appear at Bournemouth Crown Court on September 12.

Her co-defendants are:

Sasha Nicola Hines, 52, of Knyveton Road, Bournemouth, accused of conspiring with others at her home address to rob Tony Annette of Franses Jewellers.

Rowan McLaughlin, 31, of Tregonwell Close in Bournemouth, who faces the same charge, which is alleged to have been carried out in Knyveton Road.

Akil Tariq Ford, 26, of Powis Terrace in London, accused of robbing Tony Annette of watches and jewellery to the value of £571,000, jointly with others. He is also charged with allowing himself to be carried on a Yamaha motorcycle in Westover Road, Bournemouth on March 14, knowing that it had been taken without consent.

Rhys Dwayne Gregg-Ball, 26, of Hazel Grove, Sydenham, London, is charged with the offence of conspiracy to rob.

Darrius Ingram, 25, of Oxford Gardens, London, is charged with the joint offence of robbery. He is also accused of threatening Tony Annette with a samurai-style sword and driving a Honda moped dangerously in Westover Road, Gervis Road, Hinton Road, St Peter’s Road, Christchurch Road and St John’s Road on the same day.

Jonathan Oriba, 26, of unknown address, is charged with conspiracy to rob.

Shaid Sharif, 27, of Church Lane, Tooting, London, is accused of robbery and driving a Yamaha motorcycle dangerously on roads including Westover Road, Gervis Road, Hinton Road, Bath Road, Old Christchurch Road and Horseshoe Common.

Kalan Williamson, 27, of HMP Lewes, is charged with an allegation of conspiracy to commit armed robbery and threatening a person with a weapon, namely ammonia.