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Police delay angers Ipswich shop owner

PUBLISHED: 13:26 20 June 2002 | UPDATED: 12:07 03 March 2010

A DRESS shop owner whose CD music system was stolen when she turned her back has spoken of her anger that police did not turn up to investigate the crime.

A DRESS shop owner whose CD music system was stolen when she turned her back has spoken of her anger that police did not turn up to investigate the crime.

Carole Emery, 50, of the Dress Circle, in Upper Orwell Street, Ipswich, had just run upstairs to collect something when a thief entered the shop below and stole her Sony micro-system.

The theft happened at about 1.30pm last Friday and Ms Emery said she immediately contacted the police.

She said she had been left feeling frustrated and upset that detectives had still not arrived at the premises to take a statement.

"Nobody has come to see me at all. They just kept saying that I'm in their system. I could have caught him myself," she said.

"I have lost faith in the police system. If they had come down they probably could have caught him," she added.

A Suffolk Constabulary spokesman, said: "Suffolk police respond to all incidents according to their urgency and it depends on a number of factors including the level of danger presented to the public and whether offenders are still present at the scene.

"On this occasion the response was considered appropriate to the nature of the call. Patrol officers were made aware of the incident and contact was made with Ms Emery within a short time by telephone in order to obtain full details of the crime.

"This crime is being fully investigated and a statement will be obtained at a time appropriate to the investigation," he added.

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