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Update on Eye and Leiston convenience shop robberies

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Detectives are renewing appeals for witnesses in connection with robberies at convenience shops in Eye and Leiston at the weekend, as enquiries into the incidents continue.

The first offence took place at approximately 7.45pm on Sunday (March 29), at McColl’s in Church Street, Eye.

A man carrying a knife entered the shop, grabbed a woman member of staff and demanded cash from the tills.

He fled the scene a short time later on foot, empty-handed.

The robberies took place on Sunday (March 29). (32734515)
The robberies took place on Sunday (March 29). (32734515)

The shop worker was very shaken as a result of the incident but was uninjured.

The second occurred later the same evening, at around 8.45pm, at Londis in Sizewell Road, Leiston.

A man carrying a knife entered the premises, demanded cash from a member of staff and after a short scuffle the offender left the shop with a quantity of cash.

No one was injured during the incident.

Yesterday morning (Monday, March 30), police attended an address in Thetford and arrested five people on suspicion of being concerned in the robberies.

They were all taken to Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Centre for questioning.

The five people were a 37-year-old man from Bury St Edmunds; two men from Thetford, aged 47 and 44; and two 36-year-old women, one from Thetford; and the other from the Eye area.

The two Thetford men and the two women have all been released on bail until Thursday, April, pending further enquiries.

The 37-year-old man from Bury St Edmunds has also been bailed in connection with these incidents, but he was wanted on recall to prison and so was detained to be transferred into the custody of HM Prison Service.

Detectives are continuing to appeal for anyone with information about these incidents to contact East CID at Lowestoft Police Station, quoting reference 18720/20 (Eye) or 18710/20 (Leiston).

Alternatively, go to the police website- www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/existing-report-update, email Nicholas.Phillips1@suffolk.pnn.police.uk, call 101 or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, or via their website- online form: www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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