Armed police sent to late-night raid in Old Foundry Road, Ipswich

Piper's Court in Old Foundry Road, Ipswich. Picture: DAVE KINDRED

Piper's Court in Old Foundry Road, Ipswich. Picture: DAVE KINDRED

Detectives have arrested five people after armed police were called to a suspected burglary in Ipswich.

A number of police units were sent to Piper’s Court in Old Foundry Road shortly after 10.25pm yesterday after a member of the public called them to raise the alarm.

Suspicious activity had been reported in the area, a police spokesman said.

Witnesses reported seeing six armed police units and four sniffer dogs outside the court at around 10.30pm.

Police have since arrested four men, aged 32, 31, 19 and 17 and a 26-year-old woman on suspicion of burglary after the incident.

They have been taken to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre for questioning, where they currently remain.

It is understood last night’s raid is being linked to two firearms incidents in Fuchsia Lane and Nacton Crescent, where people reported gunshots being fired late on Monday and overnight on Tuesday.

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They are linking the above two events with an arson in Dandalan Close, which happened shortly afterwards.

Three people have been bailed after the first incident. A Mini Cooper thought to have contained the arrested 20-year-old man, 21-year-old man and 32-year-old woman was seized by police at 8.35pm on Monday.

Detectives found an imitation handgun inside.

Officers are appealing for witnesses to last night’s raid.

Those who may have seen it happen, or anyone with information, should call Ipswich CID on 101.