Two men and two women face charges over Ipswich armed robbery spree

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court - Credit: Archant

Two men and two women are due to appear in court on charges connected to an alleged armed robbery spree at three Ipswich businesses.

The raids occurred at Dales Road post office, Coral’s in Stoke Park Drive and Realising Futures in Lovetofts Drive.

Two 26-year-old men, who were originally from Ipswich, have been summonsed to appear before the town’s magistrates where they will be charged with conspiracy to commit robbery.

A 25-year-old woman has also been summonsed to court where she will also be formally charged with the same offence.

An Ipswich teenager Courtney Parker, is facing a money-laundering accusation after being charged last week.

The first robbery occurred at Dales Road Post Office on March 23 shortly after 9am. A man approached the counter and reportedly threw a bag down, demanding it was filled with cash. No weapons were seen, although staff were concerned he many have had a gun inside his jacket. Hundreds of pounds were said to have been stolen.

The next raid occurred on April 10 at Coral bookmakers when two men in motorcycle helmets jumped over the counter at around 9pm demanding money. No-one was hurt, although a knife was seen and cash was stolen.

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The third robbery happened just before 9.45am on May 1 in the car park at Realising Futures.

A G4S security guard was making a collection when he was approached from behind by a man with a knife.

The victim suffered a cut to his wrist, but was not seriously injured.

The robber stole in the region of £1,000 and left the area on a blue motorbike.

Natalie Doughty, a spokeswoman for Suffolk Constabulary, today said: “Two women and two men are due to appear at court in relation to a series of armed robberies that took place earlier this year in Ipswich.

“Two 26-year-old men, both formerly of Ipswich, and a 25-year-old woman, have been summonsed to appear at Ipswich Magistrates Court on January 12 to be charged with conspiracy to commit robbery.

“One of the 26-year-old men has additionally been summonsed for conspiracy to conceal/ disguise/ convert/ transfer/ remove criminal property.

“Eighteen-year-old Courtney Parker, of Campion Road, Ipswich, has been charged with conspiracy to conceal/convert or transfer criminal property.”