IPSWICH: Terror at the till as hooded knifeman raids town store

A shop owner has today told of his horror after a hooded raider threatened staff with a 12-inch knife.

The armed robber made off with about �300 from the tills at the Premier UNI Shop in Grimwade Street, Ipswich.

Staff said they felt “scared and frightened” after their store was targeted for the second time in less than six months.

Scenes of Crimes officers from Suffolk police have been scouring the area after the man entered the shop at 3.50pm yesterday. Manager Mohammed Ziyad said the man had been carrying a knife as long as his forearm.

“We had a customer in the shop and then a man came in and was hanging around and waiting for that customer to leave,” he said. “When that customer left the store, the man came up to the counter and showed the woman between the till that he was carrying a kitchen knife which was about a foot in length. He started saying ‘Give me the money, give me the money quick’.

“He took between �200 and �300 and left but he left the woman scared. She was panicked because we normally have two people in the shop but one of them had gone to the bank.”

The raider has been described as a man, of medium build, between 4ft 11in and 5ft 3in. He was wearing a blue hoodie with the hood up, dark grey trousers and white sport shoes. He had a black scarf covering his face. He ran off towards the Waterfront area of Ipswich.

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Clive Malone, of St Helen’s Street, Ipswich, is currently behind bars for a robbery carried out at the UNI Store in October.

Malone, who handed himself in to police after seeing his photograph on the front page of The Star, was given a three-and-a-half-year jail term having pleaded guilty to two counts of robbery and one of possession of an offensive weapon.

His image was printed after he was caught on the shop’s CCTV armed with a knife.

The shop’s CCTV was not working yesterday at the time of the incident.

A Suffolk police spokesman said the force is keen to speak to customers who may have seen the offender. He said: “A man entered the shop prior to the incident and asked if they sold beer before then leaving immediately before the robbery took place. Following the incident a man and a woman entered the shop and bought cigarettes and a drink. They are described as in their late twenties to early thirties.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Suffolk police on 101.

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