Police helicopter and dog units search for three attempted thieves disturbed by security guard at Ipswich construction site

The attempted theft happened at a construction site in Woodbridge Road East, Ipswich.

The attempted theft happened at a construction site in Woodbridge Road East, Ipswich.

A hunt is underway for three men who were disturbed by a security guard while attempting to steal from a construction site in Ipswich last night.

It happened at around 10.30pm at the site in Woodbridge Road East near to the roundabout junction with Colchester Road.

The security guard was patrolling the area when he discovered some materials had been dragged over a wall.

He then spotted a white, Ford Transit-style van parked in a layby further along Woodbridge Road East, opposite the Playford Road junction.

The guard drove his vehicle over to the van, where he reported seeing one of the back doors open and men moving materials into it. He pulled his vehicle up behind the van at which point it sped off in the direction of Kesgrave, leaving three men behind in the layby.

The guard got out of his van with his dog and confronted the suspects and two of the men ran off across Rushmere Heath in the direction of Camberley Road, with the third man running across the heath towards Kesgrave.

Officers were called and the area was searched, assisted by the police helicopter and dog units, but the offenders were not located.

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The suspects are described as follows:

- Man one: white, 6ft tall, skinny, aged in his late 30s to early 40s, with a black moustache and wearing black overalls and a baseball cap

- Man two: white, 5ft 8in tall, of heavy build, aged in his 30s, wearing dark grey jeans, a dark hooded top with the hood up and a dark coloured beanie hat underneath

- There is no description of the third man

Any witnesses, or anyone with information about this incident, is asked to contact Ipswich Police on 101 quoting reference 24233/16, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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