Man from London and teenage girl from Ipswich arrested over knifepoint robbery in Stowmarket churchyard

St Peter and St Mary's church in Stowmarket. Picture: GREGG BROWN

St Peter and St Mary's church in Stowmarket. Picture: GREGG BROWN - Credit: Gregg Brown

A man and a teenage girl have been arrested in connection with a robbery that took place in Stowmarket.

Police were called at approximately 3.10pm yesterday, June 13, to reports of a robbery that had just occurred near Station Road West and Church Walk.

The victim, a man in his 20s, had been walking through the churchyard of St Peter and St Mary’s when he was approached by the pair who demanded money and reportedly threatened him with a knife.

The incident is one of several in the town in recent months, with Suffolk police vowing to step up patrols to crack down on drug-related crimes and antisocial behaviour.

It is the second police appeal relating to a violent crime in the churchyard in two months.

The suspects fled on foot after the victim handed over a quantity of cash and the police were called.

A 20-year-old man from London and a 16 year-old-girl from Ipswich have been arrested in connection with the incident. Both were questioned by police and have now been released under investigation, pending further enquiries.

• Witnesses or anyone who saw anything suspicious are asked to contact West Suffolk CID at Suffolk police on 101, quoting reference 41402/17, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111