CCTV could hold key to robbery probe

DETECTIVES investigating a late-night robbery at an Ipswich fast food restaurant today said they were hopeful CCTV images could be enhanced to help them catch their men.

DETECTIVES investigating a late-night robbery at an Ipswich fast food restaurant today said they were hopeful CCTV images could be enhanced to help them catch their men.

Footage taken on the night of the robbery at the Burger King drive through restaurant at the junction of the A12 and A14 has been sent to experts in London to be enhanced.

And it is hoped that the clearer images will make the two men armed with a machete and a baton who carried out the robbery recognisable to anyone who knows them.

During the incident on August 19, two members of staff were tied up and a third was injured with what is believed to have been the machete, as he escaped to raise the alarm.

Detective sergeant Ewan MacGregor of Sudbury CID said: “The images we initially took from the cameras are very fuzzy and the individuals, who are seen in the kitchen of the restaurant, are not recognisable.

“However we are hopeful that the images can be enhanced to a standard that will be useful to us in continuing the investigation.

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“We are still hoping that people will come forward who were at the petrol station or the 24-hour Tesco supermarket nearby, who may have seen something that will help us track these men down.”

Ds MacGregor also said that the incident is no longer being linked to another robbery the following day in Cambridgeshire, after suspects were arrested.

He said: “Cambridgeshire police have arrested suspects for the robbery at a pub the next day, and we are no longer pursuing the idea that it may have been committed by the same people.”

Two men wearing balaclavas and armed with an extendable baton and a machete barged into the restaurant at around 11.30pm on the night of the robbery.

One 19-year-old man managed to escape to phone the police but before they arrived the raiders forced another teenage male and a 20-year-old female member of staff to hand over cash before tying them up and leaving them.

The 19-year-old sustained an injury to his hand that required hospital treatment while making his escape.

Both robbers have been described as white, around 20-years-old and of medium build.

Anyone who has any information, or was in the area at the time of the robbery, is asked to contact Ds Ewan MacGregor at Sudbury CID on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Is crime spiralling? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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