Ipswich: Woman scares off armed raiders

IPSWICH: Armed robbers attempted to hold up a convenience store, but fled after being challenged by a woman working in the shop.

Two men, one of whom was carrying a knife, burst into the Premier store in Bramford Lane at around 7.55pm last night, just before it was due to close.

They demanded money from the cashier, but ran off on foot from the store when challenged by the woman.

She was said to be very shaken by the incident, but did not sustain any injuries.

The suspects are described as wearing dark clothing and balaclavas or scarves. One is thought to be 5ft 10ins and the other 6ft tall.

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This comes in the wake of a series of armed robberies in the Felixstowe peninsula. Greening’s newsagents in Faulkeners Way, Trimley St Mary, was held up on Thursday by two men, one of whom said he was carrying a gun.

In a separate incident, staff at another Premier store in Beach Station Road, Felixstowe, were subjected to a terrifying ordeal as a robber armed with a knife – who later admitted the crime – held up the store just four weeks ago.

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Meanwhile, Ladbrokes, in Undercliff Road West, has been targeted twice in the past two months – first by a lone robber with a knife and most recently by two men allegedly armed with a shotgun.

Police are keen to speak to anyone who was in the Bramford Lane area at the time who might have seen the men before or after the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to contact DS Darren Bruce at Ipswich CID on 01473 613500.

n Do you work in the store and want to tell your story? Call the Evening Star newsdesk on 01473 324788 or e-mail starnews@eveningstar.co.uk

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