IPSWICH: Thieves carried out an early morning smash and grab raid on an Ipswich restaurant by hurling a piece of masonry through a glass door.

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Today, the owners of Arlingtons in Museum Street are calling for better street lighting after the raiders got away with £100, which was in the till drawer they stole and then discarded.

Ken and Liz Ambler also expressed their frustration at police after discovering it was the latest in a string of burglaries in the town centre.

The couple believe the raid was captured on the restaurant’s CCTV system, which police are now trawling.

Mr Ambler said: “We are literally a stone’s throw from the police station. I am very angry and annoyed, especially about the lack of warning. I wonder why the police did not say anything.

“I would think the thieves are getting more daring. They are getting closer and closer to the police station.”

The break-in occurred just after 1am yesterday.

Mr Ambler said: “They went for the till, pushing it on to the floor and grabbing the till drawer which had a £100 float in. Then they obviously ran for it.”

Mr Ambler believed the burglars ran off through an alleyway across the road which leads to Black Horse Lane. He estimates the loss of money and damage could cost anything up to £500.

Mr Ambler and his wife have now written to councillors urging them to consider improved overnight lighting in Museum Street.

Sergeant Mark Lusher from Ipswich Police’s Central Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “Over the past few weeks there has been a spate of burglaries in the town centre but these have been involving chemists and pharmacies.

“All types of businesses in Ipswich town centre are currently being made aware of the recent break-ins and offered advice to reduce the chances of further offences from occurring.”

n Has your business been targeted? Write to Star Letters, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or send an e-mail to starletters @archant.co.uk

8 comments

  • Police Officers love nothing more than catching bad guys. They certainly can't be everywhere and the owners sound very naive if they have been quoted correctly. Should anyone feel more Police should be on the beat doing what they are best at: Please right to your MP and explain why cutting Police numbers, cutting their pension and pay, making them spend hours doing paperwork and having to deal with people's petty non crime related problems is not how you want your taxes spent ! Or you could just continue to moan at the wrong people !

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    DirtyleedsHawks

    Wednesday, April 4, 2012

  • Re: the opinion man: Ah yes, all thieves tend to run off and in the past it would be into the arms of patrolling coppers who would home in like guided missles at the sound of breaking glass. Case closed.

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    Supernova6

    Thursday, April 5, 2012

  • I agree that the lighting is very poor on museum st. As a female I feel very insecure about walking down there on my own at night. (A couple of times to meet friends at Arlingtons). Although I think improved lighting wouldnt nessesarily deter this type of crime. The problem is this is a quiet road at night as its a bus only route, so for a criminal there's really nobody around to witness their crimes! Unfortunately there seems to be more and more crime happening around Ipswich and not all are even in the paper! A reflection of the increase in population in the town but also a reduction in Police officers makes the town easy pickings I think!

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    bunny 2shoes

    Thursday, April 5, 2012

  • A classic example of why police should be on foot patrols....the sound of breaking glass is a classic indicator that could be instantly acted upon...but NOT when enclosed in a virtually soundproof patrol car. Ears are the best scum detectors at night why not use them?

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    Supernova6

    Wednesday, April 4, 2012

  • Every day ,headlines in the evening star,some robbery,someone stabbed,someone beaten up by a gang,this town is so scary,think the police should tell everyone to stay indoors,lock you doors and windows ,until you are able to move away this town.

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    this is what we pay tax for

    Wednesday, April 4, 2012

  • Why do people always come on here and slag off the Police blaming them when a burgarly happens. Police patrols cannot be walkng past everytime a crime happens.

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    the opinion man

    Wednesday, April 4, 2012

  • Of course it's the police's fault. Why didn't they warn the owners that no matter how hard they have tried over centuries there are still people out there that simply refuse to abide by the law. Of course if we stand a bobby outside every property in the UK on a 24hr watch problem solved! Oh hang on it's a Tory government....police cuts!

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    MR.E

    Wednesday, April 4, 2012

  • So they said - I am very angry and annoyed, especially about the lack of warning. I wonder why the police did not say anything. - what do they expect them to do? Pay for overtime for foot patrols to prevent £100 robberies? Send out letters to every local business in town saying there is a slim chance someone may break in (which there surely always is). And what would the shop owner have done differently? The blame cant be placed with the police and it sounds like a spur of the moment thing where they smashed the window and had ran off within 2 mins so hardly preventable.

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    Monkey1986

    Wednesday, April 4, 2012

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