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Arrests after robbery and chase

PUBLISHED: 19:30 16 May 2002 | UPDATED: 11:57 03 March 2010

TWO men were arrested today after an armed robbery in Felixstowe and a dramatic high speed chase along the A14.

The getaway car was later found having crashed into the front of a shop in Ipswich following a police chase involving five traffic cars.

TWO men were arrested today after an armed robbery in Felixstowe and a dramatic high speed chase along the A14.

The getaway car was later found having crashed into the front of a shop in Ipswich following a police chase involving five traffic cars.

The armed robbery happened at approximately 7am at Alldays food store on the corner of King Street and High Street, Walton.

A man entered the shop and pointed a sawn-off shotgun in the face of the store manager and demanded money from the till.

He left with what the store described as a small amount of money.

Police were alerted to the incident by a quick thinking member of staff who called police from a secure room while the robber believed she was getting money from the safe.

The car sped off heading toward Ipswich and was spotted by police officers soon afterwards.

They chased the E-reg grey metallic BMW along the A14 and headed into the town centre to try to lose the police.

Police called the pursuit off as the car headed towards the busy town centre as the situation was becoming too dangerous.

Two police cars were damaged in the chase.

The chase ended at approximately 7.30am after the vehicle crashed into the front of Andrews Reprographics shop on the corner of Khartoum Road and Woodbridge Road.

Officers with sniffer dogs were quickly called to the scene to try and track the three men who had ran off from the vehicle.

Two men were later arrested and are being questioned by police. Officers are still searching for the gun and the third member of the gang.

Lesley Moore, 43, store manager at Alldays, said: "A man came in the store at about 7am and looked around the store for a while. As he approached the counter he pulled out a sawn-off shotgun out of a holdall and pointed it right in my face.

"He said he didn't want to hurt me and told me to give him the money, which I did.

"He then asked me to open the safe and I told him I didn't carry the keys on me and I went out the back to get them. I then shut the door, which is number coded, and raised the alarm.

"Obviously I was extremely nervous but it didn't sink in until after the incident.

"You often wonder how you will cope in situations like this and thankfully no one was hurt. I am just relieved it's all over."

Steve Banks, 29, managing director of Andrews Reprographics where the car crashed, said: "I came in early for a change and saw the car parked in my front door.

"The damage looks very bad and the impact of the crash has shunted the whole front of the shop.

"A similar incident happened here about three years a go with a drink driver who crashed in the same spot. The damage was about £3,500 and it is worse this time."

A resident of Khartoum Road said: "I heard an almighty bang and went outside to see what had happened.

"I saw the car has smashed into the shop and three men, two white and one black running from the scene. One of the men looked like he had really hurt his leg, perhaps broken it, as he was dragging it along.

Sergeant Steve Brooks of the traffic unit Martlesham said: "The crash is linked to an armed robbery at Alldays in High street Walton.

"We have been in a high speed pursuit from Felixstowe.

"We called the chase off at the Shell garage on Woodbridge Road as the situation was becoming far too dangerous.

"The car was not being chased when it crashed. We came across the vehicle about two minutes later where it had crashed into the front of a shop."

Suffolk police are appealing for any witnesses who saw the chase or who witnessed the crash and who saw the three men running from the vehicle to contact them on 01473 613500.


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