Teenagers bailed after shop robbery

A SHOP worker is recovering today after two balaclava clad robbers raided their business in daylight attack.

A SHOP worker is recovering today after two balaclava clad robbers raided their business in daylight attack.

The drama unfolded at the Elite Clothing and Footwear shop in St Matthew's Street on the outskirts of Ipswich town centre yesterday.

Two males ran into the shop at around 10.20am with plastic bags, demanding clothes and threatening a member of staff.

As the pair fled from the premises on foot towards St George's Street, the police were contacted and a huge search of the area began, using the police helicopter as well as marked and unmarked police cars in the area.

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As a result of the search a 17-year-old youth was arrested at 10.54am in Berners Street.

The suspect was joined in custody by another 17-year-old who was detained in St George's Street 45 minutes later.

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Both suspects, who live in Ipswich, were taken to Ipswich police station to be questioned by detectives.

Now a nearby business owner has called for more visible police on the streets as he was also targeted by burglars three months ago.

Abdullah Tokkan's is owner of Star Express Restaurant and Caf� which was broken into.

He said a more visible police presence is needed in the area to deter criminals.

Mr Tokkan was forced to heighten security after burglars broke in through a back door and stole money from the till.

“The problem is that there is a lack of security at the back of the businesses along this street” he said.

“It happens so often that there needs to be more police walking the streets and more security at the back of shops where deliveries are made.

“If a thief broke in after 6pm no one would notice.”

- Two men have been arrested in connection with the robbery and released on police bail until June 30.

- Were you working at the shop at the time? Contact The Evening Star news desk on 01473 324788 or email starnews@eveningstar.co.uk

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