Man due in court following armed robbery

A MAN was due in court today after a suspected armed robbery on a town centre bookmakers.


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IPSWICH: A man was due in court today after a suspected armed robbery on a town centre bookmakers.

Jamie McCleary, of Geneva Road, Ipswich, is accused of robbing Ladbrokes, in Carr Street, late on Tuesday afternoon.

The 22-year-old was scheduled to appear before South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court, in Ipswich, for the first hearing of his case this morning.

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The alleged robbery occurred when a man, said to be carrying a knife, threatened a cashier at the Ladbrokes shop before fleeing with cash. The incident occurred around 5.10pm on Tuesday.

The man is alleged to have leant over the counter, grabbed some money and fled the bookmakers.

It is not known how much cash was taken, but it is believed the amount was a low three-figure sum.

No one was hurt during the incident, but the cashier was said to have been shaken by her ordeal.

Police were called and statements were taken from witnesses.

It is not known how many people were in the premises at the time.

Scenes of crime staff from Suffolk Constabulary were also sent to gather any forensics to help with the inquiry.

A spokeswoman for Ipswich police yesterday said a suspect was arrested by officers around an hour-an-a-half after the incident.

He was taken to Ipswich police station and remained in custody on Tuesday night.

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