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Town centre cordon could cost businesses thousands of pounds, shopping centre boss says

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An Ipswich shopping centre boss is concerned an ongoing incident could cost it thousands of pounds in lost business.

The north entrance of The Buttermarket Shopping Centre is closed due to a police-led incident in the town centre.

Suffolk Police has shut Thoroughfare and Dial Lane, with parts of Tavern Street, Princes Street and Butter Market also taped off. The incident has since been resolved – for an update click here.

The cordon from the Cornhill heading towards Princes Street in Ipswich

Officers were called to the scene after reports of a burglary at Carats Jewellers, in Butter Market, at about 4.35am.

A male, believed to be the suspect, has climbed onto the roof of the building, with fire, ambulance and police teams working to retrieve him.

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Rebecca Bird, centre manager, said the closure is restricting access to the building and shops such as New Look.

She added: “With the cordon stretching along Dial Lane it is also restricting access to the centre via St Stephen’s Lane entrance but also preventing businesses from opening.

“It is certainly causing some disruption to all and will cost our business thousands of pounds in lost sales.”

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