Shopkeeper's armed raid anger

By John HowardA SHOPKEEPER told last night of her anger that a knife-wielding robber had struck at her family-run business demanding cigarettes - and then had the audacity to insist he just wanted the Embassy brand.

By John Howard

A SHOPKEEPER told last night of her anger that a knife-wielding robber had struck at her family-run business demanding cigarettes - and then had the audacity to insist he just wanted the Embassy brand.

Jean Clarke, owner of the Post Office store in Wolsey Road, Stowmarket, spoke out after a balaclava-clad robber targeted her shop.

The 42-year-old said she had been disturbed by a loud noise on Monday evening and went into the shop to discover an armed man threatening her husband David.


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Mrs Clarke said: “I'm very angry as we worked hard to build up a business. We don't make much money running this small shop.

“We work seven days a week, and more than 12 hours a day, and then someone just comes in and thinks they have got the right to demand what we have made from our hard work. We are here to serve the community.”

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The robber, who struck at about 7pm, got away with cash and cigarettes and Mrs Clarke said: “He came in wearing a balaclava and wielding a knife and demanded money, which my husband gave him.

“He wanted my husband to open the safe, but we haven't got one. He demanded cigarettes so my husband grabbed a load and gave them to him, but he said he just wanted Embassy.

“I came down from upstairs because I thought my husband had fallen over or something. I challenged the bloke and he ran out of the shop. I didn't recognise who it was, but he had a local accent.”

A Suffolk police spokesman said the robber had run out of the shop and towards Kings Mead Close.

“There were a number of people in the area, particularly outside the store who we would like to speak to. Officers are making house-to-house inquiries, taking witness statements and arranging victim support,” he added.

The robber was described as white, about 5ft 7in tall and wearing a light-coloured top, light-blue trousers, trainers and gloves.

Anyone with information should contact Suffolk police on 01284 774100 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

john.howard@eadt.co.uk

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