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Staff threatened by man with hammer during Duke Street restaurant robbery

PUBLISHED: 17:18 09 February 2018

The incident happened in Duke Street, Ipswich. File picture: SIMON PARKER

The incident happened in Duke Street, Ipswich. File picture: SIMON PARKER

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Police are investigating a robbery at a restaurant in Duke Street, Ipswich, where staff were threatened by a man with a hammer.

The incident happened on Thursday, February 8, shortly before midnight, after the restaurant had closed.

Two male members of staff were cashing up when a man entered the building through the back door, which was unlocked, and demanded cash.

He threatened them with a hammer as he demanded the money.

Staff handed over a sum of money before the man left.

A police spokesman confirmed the two staff members were not harmed, and the whole incident lasted around a minute.

It has not been disclosed which restaurant it happened at or how much money was taken.

It is believed the man made off in a silver or grey car, similar to a Vauxhall Astra.

A force spokesman said: “Officers want to take this opportunity to remind restaurants, shops, or any other businesses that deal in cash, to review their security and cashing-up procedures and ensure the building is locked after the final customers have left and varying the times and frequency that they count-up or transport cash.”

Detectives haven’t ruled out the possibility that it may be linked to burglaries at two businesses in Ipswich the same evening.

The first happened in Wentworth Drive between 11.39pm and 11.45pm, with another in Felixstowe Road at around midnight.

In both incidents glass in a door or window was smashed to gain entry.

Electrical items were stolen in the Wentworth Road burglary while it is unclear if anything was taken during the Felixstowe Road incident.

Officers have asked anyone who witnessed any of the three events, or who has information which may help officers, to contact them on 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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