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Teenager mugged outside store

PUBLISHED: 14:55 27 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:34 03 March 2010

A TEENAGER is recovering today at home from a broken cheekbone after a street mugger asked him for a cigarette and then punched him in the face.

The attack happened at around 8.

A TEENAGER is recovering today at home from a broken cheekbone after a street mugger asked him for a cigarette and then punched him in the face.

The attack happened at around 8.50pm yesterday after the 19-year-old victim had left the Co-op on Bramford Lane.

The mugger asked the teenager for a cigarette and, when refused, punched him in the face. The attacker threatened to hit him again if he failed to give him a smoke and the victim handed two cigarettes over before being struck at the back of the head.

The teenager was taken to hospital following the unprovoked attack by a black man, aged around 18, of stocky build and with cropped hair. The attacker, who was with three other men, was wearing a dark tracksuit, and was around 5ft 10ins tall.

"This was a totally unprovoked attack on an innocent person," said Pc Dale, appealing for anyone who witnessed the street robbery to contact Ipswich police.

Three months ago, armed raiders struck fear into the residents of Bramford Lane with an attack on the Co-op. Three men, one carrying what appeared to be a gun and another a knife, burst into the store just after 8pm on Monday, July 16, terrifying staff and stealing cash from a till.

Julie Smith, who lives opposite the store, said she had given up her job at a launderette for fear of walking down Bramford Lane after dark. "It's very scary," said the 43-year-old, telling how groups of people hung about the area at night and shops in the area had been victims of graffiti attacks.

A 40-year-old mum from nearby Westbourne Road said she no longer visited the Co-op in the evenings because she was scared of walking in the area alone. "I often went in the evenings if I'd forgotten something but I won't go after dark now and I don't let the children go after dark."

Anyone with information about the attack should contact Ipswich police on 01473 613500 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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