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2 February 2012, 05:00
Police have recovered a number of items following investigations into an armed robbery at a Spar shop on Freehold Road in Ipswich on Tuesday night.
A report was received that a group of around six offenders, believed to be men, entered the shop just before 9pm armed with knives and wearing balaclavas. The group threatened and bound the wrists of the two members of staff before ransacking the shop. It is believed that an amount of cash was stolen along with other items that include scratch cards, alcohol and cigarettes.
Following searches in the area and information from the public, police have today recovered a balaclava, a screwdriver and a number of scratch cards.
Detective Inspector Bernie Morgan, who is leading the investigation, said:
"The response from the media appeals following this incident has been pleasing and has resulted in the recovery of a balaclava. At this stage we cannot say for sure whether all these items are linked to the crime but they will be subject to examination in order to determine if we can gather any information from them.
I would like to take this opportunity to again appeal to anyone who may have seen the group before or after the incident to get in contact, but furthermore anyone who may have been offered items that could have been stolen in this robbery. I am confident that there are people out there who know who is responsible for this crime and I am urging them to come forward."
The offenders are described as each wearing all dark clothing with balaclavas. It is believed they left the area on foot in the direction of Bloomfield Street. Officers, including a dog handler and the police helicopter, were sent to the area to conduct searches and scenes of crime officers examined the premises last night and this morning.
The members of staff, one man and one woman, were not hurt during the incident but have both been left shaken.
Anyone with information is asked to call Ipswich CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.