Man pleads guilty to Spar shop robbery

IPSWICH: A knife-wielding robber will be sentenced in October after admitting carrying out a raid on an Ipswich convenience store just a few hundred yards from his home.

Mandeep Brar pleaded guilty to theft and robbery at the Spar shop in Woodbridge Road when he appeared at a hearing at Ipswich Crown Court.

The 25-year-old lives in Britannia Road, close to the store which is located next to Schreiber Road.

The armed robbery occurred on August 24.

At the time police investigating the raid said the offender entered the shop at around 10.25pm and walked past the front counter to the alcohol display.

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He then returned to the front counter where a male shop assistant was threatened with a large kitchen knife as the robber demanded cash.

The teenage member of staff handed over �250 to Brar, who then left the shop.

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Detectives gave out a description of the suspect following the robbery.

He was said to be Asian, between 5ft 10ins and 6ft, with black spiky hair and wearing thin spectacles, a denim shirt and a zip-up hooded top.

Brar was arrested the following day and taken to Ipswich police station where he was questioned by officers before being charged.

His case has been adjourned for sentencing at Ipswich Crown Court in the week commencing October 4.

Brar is currently remanded in custody until that hearing.

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