£1,000 reward offered after raids

OUT there today, three robbers could well be looking for their next target.Police are still not linking six raids on Suffolk shops all committed by a trio of black men, and want to establish a better description of the Burrell Road raiders first.

OUT there today, three robbers could well be looking for their next target.

Police are still not linking six raids on Suffolk shops all committed by a trio of black men, and want to establish a better description of the Burrell Road raiders first.

To boost the inquiry The Evening Star is today offering a £1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the Suffolk Three.

More people have come forward since the crime was reported in the Star yesterday to say they might have seen the offenders.


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But today the Evening Star asks if the offenders were the same on every recent raid?

The gang might be poised to strike again – and this time it could be the off license you pop into on a night out, or the petrol station you nip into. Shop staff across the county are right to be worried.

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And the victims' fear doesn't end with the crime, but casts a shadow over their lives forever.

But now it is time for the Suffolk Three to have a taste of their own medicine, and feel the fear themselves.

First there was a robbery at Stonham Parva post office on November 5 which left postmistress Sarah Buttle living in fear – only to have her misery compounded when culprits believed to be the same men returned, not once but twice, to rob the place on November 30.

On January 9, Ipswich shops Victoria Wine in Norwich Road, and the Drink's Cabin in Queen's Way were both struck by men fitting the same description.

Then on Tuesday , a woman cashier was robbed at the Esso service station in Burrell Road, Ipswich.

A police spokeswoman today said officers are not linking with forces in other counties, to liaise about the robberies.

If you can help police catch the culprits of these crimes, call 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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UTTER shock is the feeling most victims are left with after experiencing a robbery.

And after that initial reaction has worn off, the effects can last a lifetime.

Victim Support Suffolk area manager Arnold Barrow said today: "People regard their home as a reasonably secure place, and the same goes for their place of work even if they work with the public.

"A robbery means that space is suddenly invaded, as you would feel in a burglary, and although there may be physical injuries and symptoms like trembling and anxiety, sleepless nights, the emotional effect can last longer.

"Fortunately we are aware of ways to give people back their courage. Sometimes it helps for them to simply talk to someone outside the family, as relatives can feel guilty or powerless when they hear what has happened - and that can compound the problem.

"We can help people right through the process including a trial at court, where trained volunteers will support them –figuratively or literally holding their hand. Other practical help could include suggesting they visit the doctor to get medication.

"Victims of crime often feel alone, and it is important for them to realise their emotions are totally normal.

"Sadly, I know people who have had to give up their job and entirely change their career because they could not go back to that environment.

"But more often we can help people through the process, along with their family."

You can call Victim Support Suffolk direct in Ipswich on 01473 231964 or Bury on 01284 717188.

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