A high street jewellery store was reportedly targeted by crooks during an early morning smash and grab break-in.

Mallards Jewellers and Pawnbrokers in Southend High Street was broken into during the early hours of Sunday morning, according to reports.

Shoppers and nearby traders have reported seeing the shop closed on Sunday following the incident.

It is unclear what was taken at this stage.

The store and Essex Police have been contacted for comment.