Chip shop owner gives chase
A FISH and chip shop owner chased a man down the street after he threw a brick through the window when staff were inside.Whi-Keat Ngai was actually upstairs in The Fish Net shop, in Spring Road, when the incident happened at around 8.
A FISH and chip shop owner chased a man down the street after he threw a brick through the window when staff were inside.
Whi-Keat Ngai was actually upstairs in The Fish Net shop, in Spring Road, when the incident happened at around 8.40pm on Thursday .
But his mother and another shop assistant were serving in the shop when the window, measuring 6ft by 8ft, was smashed.
He said: “I was upstairs with my brother when we heard a scream. We rushed downstairs and my mum, who was working in the shop, told us that a man had just thrown a brick through the window.
“We left the shop and chased him down an alleyway in Britannia Road.”
Mr Ngai believes he caught up with the man and called the police.
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But because the man, who was wearing a balaclava and gloves during the attack, had thrown the items of clothing away it could not be proved to be the same man.
Mr Ngai said he later found a balaclava and gloves down the same alleyway.
He said: “My mum said she believed him to be a customer who had come into the shop earlier in the evening but because he was wearing the balaclava when she saw him again we cannot be sure.
“It was quite scary for her but I was just angry that someone could do this. I can't think of anything we have done to cause an attack on the shop.
“The man we apprehended told us it was not him who carried out the attack but that it had been one of his friends.”
Police are now appealing for witnesses to the incident and have issued a description of the man they are looking for.
He is white, 6ft, in his late twenties and was wearing black biker style jacket, dark trousers and black boots.
Anyone with information should contact Pc Chris Chaplin at Ipswich Police Station on 01473 613500.