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Brave Louise scares off burglar

PUBLISHED: 16:14 07 August 2001 | UPDATED: 15:16 03 March 2010

A BRAVE Martlesham farm shop owner who chased a burglar has told of her horror at stumbling across the thief.

A BRAVE Martlesham farm shop owner who chased a burglar today told of her horror at stumbling across the thief.

Louise Abbott who runs Beacon Hill Farm Shop in Bealings Road confronted the thief on Saturday afternoon and refused to let him get away easily.

Although shocked by the sight of the man in the shop, the 41-year-old mother of three grabbed him and started shouting at him before he ran off.

In a dramatic turn of events two passers-by also gave chase as the burglar sprinted to a get away car further along the road.

A frantic Mrs Abbott also flagged down a passing motorist for help before jumping in her own car to carry on the chase.

She said: "The woman who ran after him jogs regularly and she could not keep up with him, he went up the hill so fast."

Despite all their efforts the thief still got away with a small amount of cash and Mrs Abbott has made a plea for the motorist she flagged down to come forward.

A 20-year-old Ipswich man has now been arrested and bailed in connection with the incident, but Suffolk police are still keen for the witness to come forward as they believe he may hold crucial information.

Mrs Abbott said: "I asked him into the farm shop to ask him his name and to say thank you for what he had done but with everything going on I did not take it in."

"He had managed to get the details of the car and the registration number."

Still shaken today, she said: "I had gone over to the house to get the Hoover and still had it in my hand when I saw him standing there.

"I grabbed hold of him but he did not do anything, he just stared at me.

"I let go of him and he ran past me.

"I can still see him there and have not slept since it happened."

Even though she tackled the burglar, Mrs Abbott said she still wishes she had done more.

She said: "I was so angry, that was my money.

"I was shouting and swearing at him and I never swear."

Mrs Abbott has praised the police who were on the scene within minutes her call.

She said: "The police have been absolutely brilliant throughout all this.

"I cannot praise them enough, they were here until about 6.30pm that night and have been in touch regularly since.

"You read so much stuff about them but they have been really good."

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