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Police hunt petrol station armed robber

PUBLISHED: 16:00 26 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:23 03 March 2010

A ROBBER who carried out a hold-up at an Ipswich petrol station while wielding a handgun is being hunted by detectives. The lone gunman demanded cash from a female service station worker and then fled with the money.

A ROBBER who carried out a hold-up at an Ipswich petrol station while wielding a handgun is being hunted by detectives today.

The lone gunman demanded cash from a female service station worker and then fled with the money.

During the attack the raider brandished what appeared to be a handgun, a police spokesman said. No-one was injured.

Minutes after the robbery at the Shell garage in Wherstead Road, police arrived and cordoned off the station.

Clare Meade, deputy manager of the nearby Oyster Reach pub said officers had quizzed customers after yesterday afternoon's raid.

"They were checking out the cars in the car park here at about 4.10pm," she said. "At first there were about one or two officers and then about seven or eight of them came. One was in a bullet-proof vest.

"We had about ten people in here and four in the garden and police spoke to every one," Miss Meade said.

Chris Whitehead of St Andrew's Drive, Chelmondiston, was passing when officers arrived at the scene and positioned patrol cars in the streets around.

"There was law all around," said the 46-year-old.

Police believe the robber fled from the scene in a car and are looking for a blue hatchback car.

The gunman was dressed in a blue boiler suit, a black baseball cap and was wearing sunglasses. He was white and around 5ft 8ins tall.

Police would not reveal how much cash the robber stole.

The raid in Ipswich came just three days after an armed hold-up at a service station around seven miles away on Sunday night.

The robbery happened at the Jet garage at Capelgate Services on the northbound carriageway of the A12 and around £85 was stolen by a man armed with what appeared to be a handgun.

Police are not linking the two robberies at this point.

Yesterday's armed raid, which happened just before 4pm, was the fourth in Suffolk in just under two weeks.

Last week, robbers targeted the Co-op in Bramford Lane, Ipswich, only days after raiders struck at a post office in Crown Street, Stowmarket.

Anyone with information about any of these robberies is asked to contact Suffolk police on 01473 613500 or to call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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