Newmarket man charged with armed robberies at town bank and travel agency

Police outside Lloyds Bank in Newmarket following the armed robbery  ANL-151211-163148001
Police outside Lloyds Bank in Newmarket following the armed robbery ANL-151211-163148001

A 52-year-old man from Newmarket has been charged with six offences in the town, including robberies at a bank and a travel agency.

Joseph Walker, of St Marys Square, was arrested by police following a robbery at Premier Travel in Newmarket on Tuesday. Officers were called just after 1.40pm to reports that a man was in the agency in The Guineas shopping centre with a knife.

Officers were called just after 1.40pm to reports that a man had entered a business unit in The Guineas Shopping Centre with a knife.

Walker has been charged with robbery in connection with this crime. He has also been charged with two counts of possessing a bladed article in a public place and one count of threatening unlawful violence in respect of this incident.

In addition to these allegations, Walker has also been charged with another count of robbery, along with one count of possessing an imitation firearm, in relation to an incident at Lloyds Bank in High Street on Thursday 12 November, where more than £2,000 was stolen.

Walker was remanded in police custody overnight and will appear before Ipswich Magistrates’ Court this morning, Thursday 19 November.