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Felixstowe post office raid arrest

PUBLISHED: 11:41 13 May 2002 | UPDATED: 11:55 03 March 2010

POLICE have arrested a suspect in connection with an attempted armed robbery at a Felixstowe post office.

Detectives said today that a 30-year-old man from the Woodbridge area had been arrested and questioned at length about the incident in Beach Station Road.

POLICE have arrested a suspect in connection with an attempted armed robbery at a Felixstowe post office.

Detectives said today that a 30-year-old man from the Woodbridge area had been arrested and questioned at length about the incident in Beach Station Road.

No charges have been brought at this stage and the man – who has not been named – has been released on bail pending further inquiries.

He is due to attend Felixstowe police station on May 27 when he will hear whether is to be charged, released or be re-bailed.

Police launched a full-scale investigation after the alleged attempted robbery, which happened on Thursday May 2 at about 2.45pm.

A man wearing a balaclava and carrying a double-barrelled shotgun walked into the post office just off the seafront and demanded money.

He was thwarted by the two women working in the post office and store, who saw him putting on his mask as he approached, and hid under the counter and called the police.

As the two women – aged 51 and 61 – hid below the counter, the man shouted violently at told them to hand money.

They refused and he struck the reinforced glass barrier with what is believed to have been the butt of the gun he was carrying. The security glass shattered, but did not break.

After a few moments, the raider ran from the shop and the women saw him run off in the direction of Pretyman Road and turn right into Tacon Road. It is not known if the offender had a getaway vehicle waiting.

Police praised the two women shopworkers as "very brave".

Officers with sniffer dogs searched the area and appeals for information led to a number of calls coming forward from the public.

It is the third time an armed robber has targeted businesses in the same street –newsagents and a sweet shop – in recent years, though none of the incidents are connected.


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