December 7 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Mopeds believed to have been used in an attempted robbery at a jewellers in Ipswich on Monday have been found.
Police recovered the two Vespa mopeds parked in Dillwyn Street, Ipswich after a they were contacted by a member of the public around 5pm yesterday afternoon.
Initial checks have found the mopeds had previously been stolen from the London area.
The discovery follows a failed raid on Monday.
Police were initially contacted just after 4.50pm on Monday with a report that four people on two mopeds were attempting to raid Robert Gatward Jewellers in the Buttermarket, Ipswich.
One of the staff members at the jewellers saw the people driving slowly on the mopeds towards the shop from the direction of Queens Street.
Fearing they were about to be raided, the staff member alerted her colleagues and security procedures were activated and the alarm was raised.
The robbers attempted to smash the front windows of the shop with what is believed to be an axe and a jemmy like tool. Two knives were also recovered at the scene.
They did not gain entry and nothing was stolen although considerable damage was caused to the shop window.
Police have reported that one moped was red and the other light coloured.
The rider of the red moped was wearing a full face helmet and a dark coloured padded jacket while the passenger wore a light-coloured full face helmet and carried a bag with a motif over their shoulder.
The rider of the light moped wore a dark full face helmet and wore dark clothing while passenger of this moped wore a white full face helmet and also had a bag over their shoulder with a motif on.
Police are now renewing their appeal for information and witnesses to come forward. They are very keen to hear from anyone who saw the mopeds being abandoned in Dillwyn Street, or travelling from the town centre following the attempted robbery in the Buttermarket, to Dillwyn Street in Ipswich.
Calls should be made to Ipswich CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.