Robbery victim speaks of knife ordeal

A WOMAN who was threatened at knifepoint in an Ipswich newsagent by two teenage robbers has today spoken of her ordeal.Anne Matthews, temporary store manager at Balfour News, in Norwich Road, attempted to tackle the robbers but backed off after a knife was thrust just inches from her face.

A WOMAN who was threatened at knifepoint in an Ipswich newsagent by two teenage robbers has today spoken of her ordeal.

Anne Matthews, temporary store manager at Balfour News, in Norwich Road, attempted to tackle the robbers but backed off after a knife was thrust just inches from her face.

Mrs Matthews said she was on duty with a supervisor when the two youths burst in.

She said: "It was near the end of the day and I had turned a couple of the lights off to let customers know we wanted to close.

"I was just about to put the shutters down when two young men burst in making a lot of noise.

"I couldn't understand what they were saying and thought they were just arguing between themselves," Mrs Matthews said.

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"Then they ran to the back of the counter and bashed in the door before running behind it to the till.

"I went to see what they were doing and one of them held a large knife up to my face. I backed off and he yanked the whole metal cash draw out of the till and ran out of the shop.

"It all happened so quickly I only really saw what one of them looked like. I was shocked and we just let them get on with it.

"There were a couple of customers in the shop at the time but I think it was to quick for them to realise what was going on."

They then ran from the shop and into a nearby car, where detectives believe two other people were waiting.

The incident happened at 9.50pm yesterday and police were alerted just minutes later by a member of staff at the shop.

No one was injured in the robbery.

One of the offenders is believed to be white and the other of mixed ethnic origin, both were around 16 years old.

CCTV cameras were operating at the time and the tapes were given to the police this afternoon.

Today's robbery is the latest in a series of attacks on shops in the county.

There have been more than ten armed raids on shops in the county since December last year.

Anyone who witnessed this incident or was in the area at the time should call DC Lloyd Stewart on Ipswich 383133 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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