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Hooded robber stabs shopkeeper at Premier in Garrick Way, Ipswich before making off with cash

PUBLISHED: 22:11 31 October 2016

Police at the scene of an armed robbery at Premier in Garrick Way, Ipswich

Police at the scene of an armed robbery at Premier in Garrick Way, Ipswich

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A shopkeeper has been injured by an armed robber in the third convenience store raid in Ipswich in as many days.

A hooded man entered the Premier off licence in Garrick Way around 7.05pm today and is believed to have stabbed a worker before making off with cash.

A spokesman for Suffolk Constabulary said the male victim sustained minor injuries to his back, understood to have been caused by a “bladed weapon”.

A police cordon is in place around the Premier and neighbouring stores, and a forensics team is on scene.

The suspect is described as a white man, aged 30-35, 6ft tall, of normal build, dark brown or black hair and a thin trimmed beard, and at the time of the robbery he was wearing a black jacket with the hood up.

The police spokesman could not confirm if officers were linking tonight’s robbery with two others in the town over the weekend, but he said this would form part of their investigation.

Shop workers in the Garrick Way precinct have tonight described the incident as concerning, with one calling for more CCTV to be installed in the area.

Michael Wan, manager of New China takeaway, said: “It’s always worrying if a robbery happens in a small community.

“We are serving our local community, we just want it nice and peaceful. We don’t want this at all.

“I didn’t hear anything until the blue lights were flashing, and then a customer told me.”

Ross Jarrold, a cashier at nearby William Hill betting shop, said he was only allowing regulars into the store as he had been instructed by police to lock the doors.

Mehmet Ozbek, of Marmaris Kebab & Fish Bar, said there should be more public CCTV installed the area as the shops had to rely on their own security measures to stay safe.

Anyone with information should call police 101.

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