CCTV pictures of Badwell Ash and Stanton robbery suspects released

CCTV pictures of suspects in armed raids on Badwell Ash and Stanton Post Offices with the distinctive Nike trainers wonr by one
CCTV pictures of suspects in armed raids on Badwell Ash and Stanton Post Offices with the distinctive Nike trainers wonr by one
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Suffolk Police have released CCTV images of two suspects following two armed robberies in the west of the county at the end of last month.

Detectives are linking an attempted robbery in Badwell Ash and a robbery in Stanton on Saturday January 31.

The first was at about 7.10am in The Street, Badwell Ash, when two men armed with what was described as a pistol, entered the Post Office as it was opening and demanded money from a member of staff.

The member of staff ran from the premises and he was followed by the offenders, who left in the direction of Hunston, empty handed.

Both men are described as white and wearing balaclavas. The first is described as about 5ft 8in tall, wearing a dark grey hooded top with a light-coloured motif on the outer-right bicep, dark trousers, dark shoes and his balaclava is described as having white stitching around the mouth and eyes. He was carrying a white cotton bag with a pin hammer.

The second man is described as wearing a navy blue hooded top, with three blue stripes from neck to cuff, a white motif (believed to be Adidas) on the right of the chest and orange/red lines around the neck. He was also wearing blue trousers, tracksuit bottom or light denim jeans and dark trainers with a light-coloured tongue, believed to be Nike Air 95s. He was carrying a small black handgun.

It is believed that the men were driving an older style dark blue Peugeot.

The second incident took place at around 7:35am at the Post Office in The Street, Stanton. Two men, matching the Badwell description, entered armed with a small handgun and a hammer and stole £100 in cash, with 200 cigarettes and some tobacco which they put in a white bag.

The robberies are also being linked to two vehicle crimes. Overnight between Friday January 30 and Saturday 31st in Rougham Road, Bradfield St George, an attempt was made to break into a car on a drive by smashing a window, though nothing was stolen.

This was followed by the theft of a blue Peugeot 306, registration V167 KWK, which was stolen from outside a property in Oakey Ley, Bradfield St George, on the same night.

At 10.30pm on Tuesday February 3, police were notified by the Fire Service that the stolen Peugeot had been set alight in Chapel Lane, Wattisfield.

Police say the CCTV images are being released to display the clothing the suspects were wearing.

Acting Detective Inspector Ann Naylor, of Bury St Edmunds CID, said: “Although these images do not provide us with facial shots of the suspects, they do give reasonably clear pictures of the clothes they were wearing, which may help to identify them.

“Anyone who believes they recognise these people based on either the images or descriptions we have provided, or who has any information in relation to either of the robbery incidents or those involving the cars, is asked to contact our detectives.”

Call Bury St Edmunds CID on 101 quoting reference BR/15/96, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.