Ipswich: Store owner’s fury after knife raid

A SHOP owner today told of his anger after armed raiders targeted his convenience store – leaving his staff extremely shaken.

Investigations are continuing after two men, one brandishing a knife, burst into the Premier store in Bramford Lane at about 7.55pm on Sunday, just before closing time.

The duo demanded money from the cashier, but ran off after a brave female worker challenged them.

Today, owner Colin Richardson branded the robbers as “thugs” and said their actions had “psychologically scarred” his staff.

“They are still very shaken up by it all,” he said. “Luckily no-one was injured, but it is still so terrible and it is very selfish.

“It is the last thing that anyone would want to be put through and it is something that has left them psychologically scarred.

“I’m so angry that this has happened and even more angry that my staff were put through this – they are incredibly brave.”

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A police spokeswoman said officers had conducted crime scene investigations and were trawling CCTV for clues.

Statements are being taken and officers have been patrolling the area to reassure neighbouring residents.

The spokeswoman said: “This was a very frightening experience for staff, in which one of the females challenged the two men.

“Officers are extremely keen to speak to anyone with information.”

The suspects are described as wearing dark clothing and balaclavas or scarves.

One is thought to be 5ft 10in and the other 6ft.

Anyone with information is asked to telephone Ds Darren Bruce at Ipswich CID on 01473 613500.

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