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Police hunt raiders after break ins

PUBLISHED: 16:35 11 March 2002 | UPDATED: 11:32 03 March 2010

EIGHT people are being quizzed by police and two more are on the run today after series of raids in Suffolk.

One of the raids ended when bungling burglars tried to break in to a superstore and didn't realise police were sitting just yards away.

EIGHT people are being quizzed by police and two more are on the run today after series of raids in Suffolk.

One of the raids ended when bungling burglars tried to break in to a superstore and didn't realise police were sitting just yards away.

When the four people broke through a side door at Sainsbury's in Hadleigh Road, Ipswich at 12.50am today, officers were on patrol in their car on the other side of a brick wall in Hadleigh Road Industrial Estate.

The police officers heard noises and raced round to catch the culprits. There was a collision between the police car and an M-reg green Vauxhall Vectra in Ranelagh Road as the chase ensued.

Nobody is believed to have been hurt in the crash.

Two suspects aged 23 and 20, were arrested, and two more men thought to be involved escaped in what is believed to have been a red Vauxhall Cavalier.

Sainsbury's duty manager Stuart Catling said: "The police were here within seconds.

"The arresting officers had been sitting in their car, on patrol on the other side of the wall and they heard noises and came round."

This morning the store was open as usual and scenes of crime officers still looking for clues. Police were also liaising with staff to see if anything was stolen.

Behind a barrier of police tape, the smashed glass door by the side of J's restaurant in the Sainsbury's store was being replaced today.

A police spokesman said the three raids were not being linked.

They included four people arrested trying to break into a factory shop stocked with clothing, at Wrentham at 2.20am.

A member of the public called police, who arrested a 47-year-old man and 17-year-old woman from Lowestoft, and a 43-year-old man and a 20-year old woman from Liverpool.

All are in custody at Lowestoft Police Station today, arrested on suspicion of burglary.

Two more women aged 16 and 17, are in custody at Stowmarket Police Station today, after being arrested trying to steal a television set from Argos in Ipswich Street, Stowmarket at 11pm.

Meanwhile, a Felixstowe cashpoint was left hanging off the wall after it was vandalised.

The card reading equipment at the Halifax cashpoint in Hamilton Road was damaged - possibly with tools - and wires were left hanging among sharp metal edges.

A spokesman for the Halifax Bank said it was believed the damage was caused by vandals rather than thieves after money.

The machine has been boarded up for safety reasons and will be out of action until the parts can be replaced.


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