Suffolk

Ipswich Blockbuster raided by robbers with machete

Two men, believed to be wielding a machete, have robbed a film rental store in Suffolk.

Suffolk Police said at about 1800 BST on Thursday officers received a report of two men entering Blockbuster in Woodbridge Road, Ipswich.

A witness to the incident told the BBC the men, with scarves over their faces, threatened the female shop assistant.

The witness said she walked out of the shop and contacted police. Officers confirmed money was stolen in the raid.

'Give us money'

"I was standing in the middle of the shop when two guys walked in with scarves round their necks to cover their faces," she said.

"They calmly walked past me. They started shouting: 'Give us some money from the till. Give it to us now.'

"One had a machete sword... they were both threatening the girl behind the counter."

A Suffolk Police spokesman said: "A report was received of two men entering the store armed with knives.

"They approached staff and demanded money from the till.

"A three figure sum of cash was handed over and the two men left, getting into a dark coloured vehicle driven by a third person and driving away from the scene.

"A member a staff was threatened but no-one was hurt, however staff and a member of public inside at the time have been shaken by the incident."

The suspects are both described as being of mixed race, in their mid-20s, about 5ft 6in or 5ft 7in tall and wearing dark clothing.

Police would like to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time who may have seen the men, or anyone with information about who they are.

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