Jury to go out in armed raid case

TWO men accused of being involved in an armed raid at a Felixstowe store were expected to hear their case summed up by a judge today.Before Ipswich Crown Court are Gavin Friston, 30, of the Wheelwrights, Trimley St Mary and Paul Cunnington, 30, of The Walk, Felixstowe, who have both denied robbery at Alldays store in Walton High Street on May 16, this year.

TWO men accused of being involved in an armed raid at a Felixstowe store were expected to hear their case summed up by a judge today.

Before Ipswich Crown Court are Gavin Friston, 30, of the Wheelwrights, Trimley St Mary and Paul Cunnington, 30, of The Walk, Felixstowe, who have both denied robbery at Alldays store in Walton High Street on May 16, this year.

The court has heard that a third man Ian Brooks, 30, of Henniker Road, Ipswich has admitted the robbery.

Friston and Cunnington have also denied an alternative charge of assisting Brooks after the robbery.

Cunnington has pleaded guilty to an offence of dangerous driving.

It has been alleged that Friston and Cunnington were waiting in a car while Brooks threatened shop manager Lesley Moore with a sawn off shotgun and ordered her to hand over money from two tills.

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Brooks had run from the store after Mrs Moore locked herself and another member of staff in an office and activated the panic alarm.

A BMW containing the three men was chased along the A14 and A12 by police and during the journey a sawn off shot gun was thrown out of the window.

The three men ran off after Cunnington lost control of the car in Woodbridge Road, Ipswich and it smashed into a shop window.

Cunnington and Friston have denied playing any part in the robbery and claimed they were asked to give Brooks a lift into Ipswich in return for drugs.

Judge John Devaux is expected to sum up the case to the jury today.

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