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Robber raided Suffolk shops

PUBLISHED: 16:00 24 December 2001 | UPDATED: 11:04 03 March 2010

A ROBBER who held up a string of Suffolk shops must wait until the New Year to learn his fate.

Jamie Campbell pleaded guilty at Ipswich Crown Court to attempting to rob Alldays newsagents in Barking Road, Needham Market on August 1.

A ROBBER who held up a string of Suffolk shops must wait until the New Year to learn his fate.

Jamie Campbell pleaded guilty at Ipswich Crown Court to attempting to rob Alldays newsagents in Barking Road, Needham Market on August 1. And he admitted robbing a post office and a service station less than a month earlier.

Two members of staff, one of who was a pregnant teenager, were in the shop when Campbell and an accomplice burst in and threatened them with a gun. One of the pair vaulted over the counter and demanded money while the other waited by the door. When staff told the robbers they had no keys to the cashdesk, the pair panicked and fled.

No-one was injured in the raid but Alldays staff were offered counselling after the armed raid which happened in broad daylight in the middle of the morning.

Minutes after the pair fled, armed officers swooped on the scene and the force helicopter hovered over the area scouring the land for a trace of the raiders. Campbell was arrested within minutes of the hold-up in a vehicle travelling between Great Blakenham and Claydon.

Appearing at Ipswich Crown Court, Campbell – of High Road, Onehouse, Great Finborough – also admitted robbing Jean Benson of money on July 13 at a post office in Stowmarket and to robbing Nicky Grant of money on July 25 at Bourne Bridge service station in Ipswich.

But the 23-year-ol denied two further charges of robbery, two charges of aggravated vehicle taking, taking a Vauxhall Astra without consent and going equipped for theft.

The not guilty pleas were accepted by the Crown Prosecution Service and will remain on file.

Campbell will be sentenced in the New Year on his guilty pleas which are said by the prosecution "to cover his offending".

He was remanded in custody until then.

Less than two months before Campbell tried to rob Alldays, he walked free from charges of escaping and attempting to escape from custody after the Crown Prosecution Service offered no evidence in the case.

His experience of the criminal justice system clearly failed to deter him from returning to court however, for within weeks of being cleared, he was holding up Suffolk stores.


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