Pair appear in court over Ipswich shop raids

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 - Credit: Archant

Two men who appeared in court this morning charged with offences relating to raids on shops across Ipswich have had their cases sent up to crown court.

Robbery on Three Penny Convenience Store in Bridge Street, Ipswich.

Robbery on Three Penny Convenience Store in Bridge Street, Ipswich. - Credit: Staff

Nicholas Balderstone, 25, appeared before magistrates this morning charged with one count of robbery relating to an armed raid at the Premier store in Garrick Way, Ipswich on Monday night.

Balderstone, of no fixed address, is also accused of threatening a person with a blade during the same incident – in such a way that there was an immediate risk of serious physical harm.

His case was sent up to Ipswich Crown Court and he will appear there on November 30.

Iain McCall, 29, of Barnard Square also appeared at South East Suffolk Magistrates Court today charged with two counts of robbery – relating to raids on Three Penny Convenience Store in Bridge Street and Stoke Off-Licence in Austin Street.

Robbery on Stoke Off Licence, Vernon Street, Ipswich.

Robbery on Stoke Off Licence, Vernon Street, Ipswich. - Credit: Staff


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McCall also had his case referred to Ipswich Crown Court where he will appear on November 30.

Both Balderstone and McCall were remanded in custody.

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A 25-year-old woman who was arrested following the Austin Street and Bridge Street raids has been bailed pending further enquiries until December 5.

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