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Police recover shotgun

PUBLISHED: 18:00 17 May 2002 | UPDATED: 11:57 03 March 2010

POLICE combing verges along the A14 have recovered the sawn-off shotgun used in yesterday's raid on a Felixstowe store.

And a third man – a 30-year-old from Felixstowe – is now under arrest.

QUICK-WITTED shop owners foiled three armed robbers wearing balaclavas attempts to hold up an Ipswich Post Office today .

It is the second armed robbery on shops in as many days. Police today reported they had recovered the sawn off shot gun used in yesterday's raid on a Felixstowe store.

Today one woman called police while a pensioner tried to stop the raiders' car from pulling away from Cauldwell Hall Road at just after 9am.

Another witness made a note of half the registration from the blue getaway car as it stalled in traffic on busy Spring Road.

Manageress of Spring Road Cleaners, Jacqui Rogers heard banging at 8.50am. She said: "I was at the back when I heard a terrible noise. I saw two masked men dressed in black.

"I was very scared. They were using a weapon that looked like a truncheon but could have been a gun to get in. I ran back in and called police and they ran off."

Meanwhile police combing verges along the A14 have recovered the sawn-off shotgun used in yesterday's raid on a Felixstowe store.

And a third man – a 30-year-old from Felixstowe – is now under arrest.

He joins two others, one from Felixstowe the other from London, both aged 30, in police custody.

None have been charged with yesterday's early morning raid on the Walton store that ended in Ipswich with the BMW crashing into a Woodbridge Road shop front.

Finding the shotgun, lobbed from the getaway car window during the high-speed police chase, was a priority for officers.

Not only as evidence but because the gunmen's route passed by a primary school and criss-crossed popular rambling terrain.

A police spokeswoman said: "A weapon has been recovered from the A14. A third man has been apprehended but not charged."

She defended police's decision not to use the much-vaunted police helicopter, stationed at Wattisham, which takes, on average just seven minutes to mobilise and costs the force a year.

She said: "Using the helicopter will be in the back of every officer's mind called to an incident like this.

"In this case however, officers reached the scene quickly and it was very soon all in hand."

Today it was business as usual at the Walton store. Manager Lesley Moore, 43, who faced one of the gun-toting raiders, said: "We were open again after three quarters of an hour.

"You just have to get on with it. It's been a bit of a shock. You never know how you are going to react until it happens to you.

"Initially my feeling was that I didn't want to come back to work but now I'm here, I feel fine."

Sarah Saggers, the other shop assistant working at the time of the 6.40am raid was also reported to be well and back at work.


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