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Two arrested after armed raid

PUBLISHED: 14:31 01 August 2001 | UPDATED: 15:16 03 March 2010

TWO suspected armed raiders were arrested today after a hold-up at a Suffolk store. The pair were arrested on suspicion of robbery following the armed raid at Alldays stores in Barking Road, Needham Market.

TWO suspected armed raiders were arrested today after a hold-up at a Suffolk store.

The pair were arrested on suspicion of robbery following the armed raid at Alldays stores in Barking Road, Needham Market.

Police received a call to the shop just after 11.40am.

The police helicopter hovered over the area while officers, including armed police, descended on the scene.

Two men were arrested within minutes of the raid in a vehicle travelling between Great Blakenham and Claydon.

There were no reports of any injuries.

At the time of going to press Suffolk Police were unable to confirm the type of weapon used in the robbery.

It is believed that there were two or three female staff at the convenience store at the time, one of whom is a pregnant teenager.

Gillian Hardiman, 45, who works part-time in the shop, but was on a day off today said: "We have had kids nicking stuff and problems like that but I think you get that wherever you are. But we have never had anything like this.

"It doesn't surprise me and it will make me think twice about going into work tomorrow morning."

Scott Moore, 17, who is also on a day off from his duties at Alldays today said he was shocked to hear about the armed raid.

The store was cordoned off with police tape this afternoon as scenes-of-crime officers began their hunt for clues.

Today's raid is the latest in a string of armed hold-ups which have targeted Suffolk businesses in the past three weeks.

Seven days ago, a robber brandishing what appeared to be a handgun, held up an Ipswich petrol station.

The gunman demanded cash from a female service station worker at the Shell garage, Bourne Bridge, on Wherstead Road and then fled with the money just before 4pm.

Three days earlier, on July 22, an armed raider struck at a service station seven miles away on the northbound carriageway of the A12.

A robber, armed with what appeared to be a handgun, stole around £85 from the Jet garage at Capelgate Services.

Elsewhere in Suffolk, a gang armed with a gun and a knife struck at a supermarket on Monday, July 16, threatening a member of staff before escaping with cash from the tills.

The raid happened at around 8pm at the Co-op in Ipswich's Bramford Lane.

The spate of summer burglaries began on July 13 when masked men burst in to a Stowmarket post office and held a gun to a customer's head before forcing the postmistress to hand over cash.

Jean Benson, postmistress of Crown Street Post Office, had been standing behind the till chatting to two customer when two masked raiders stormed in at around 2.45pm

One of the men held what is believed to have been a handgun to the face of one of the shoppers before forcing Mrs Benson to empty a till.

The robbers fled the scene in a car which was discovered later abandoned nearby.

Two men arrested in connection with a series of armed robberies in Suffolk have been released on police bail to report back later this month. One man is aged 36 and comes from Ipswich. The other is 23 and from the Stowmarket area.

Two people arrested last month in connection with the Bramford Road and Stowmarket robberies are due to answer police bail on August 16 and another man is due to answer police bail in connection with the Bramford Road robbery on August 17.

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