Two women have been jailed after a shop worker was robbed at knifepoint in Lowestoft.

Heather Ellis, 21, and Misha Goddard, 29, both of Norwich Road in Lowestoft, raided Pammy’s Store in Beresford Road on May 14.

One of the women entered the store and threatened a female shop worker with a knife while the other offender remained outside.

Lowestoft Journal: Misha GoddardMisha Goddard (Image: Suffolk Constabulary)A bag was filled with £500 stolen cash from the shop, which Pamela Wane and her husband Peter have run in Lowestoft for almost 25 years.

After the robbery in May, Mrs Wane said her daughter, who works at the store, had been left "distraught" and "too shaken" to return to her job.

Officers arrested the pair the following day (May 15).

Lowestoft Journal: Heather EllisHeather Ellis (Image: Suffolk Constabulary)

Viewing of CCTV by investigating officers matched Ellis as the woman seen in the footage near the scene of the robbery.  

Several items were seized in searches at the defendants’ home addresses, including a pair of black boots and a long grey cardigan, similar to the items Ellis was wearing in the CCTV.

A search of Goddard’s vehicle found grey Nike trainers similar to those worn during the robbery, as well as carrier bags that matched the description of a bag seen during the robbery given by the shop worker.

Lowestoft Journal: Pamela Wane, 75, has ran Pammy's in Lowestoft for 24 yearsPamela Wane, 75, has ran Pammy's in Lowestoft for 24 years (Image: Bruno Brown)The pair were both sentenced to 32 months in jail at Ipswich Crown Court on Wednesday (September 13) after pleading guilty to robbery at earlier hearings.

DI Jamie Rose said: “Due to the CCTV, witness statements and a very thorough investigation by officers we were able to secure swift arrests of Ellis and Goddard.

"Further police enquiries conducted secured compelling evidence that the pair were responsible for the robbery.

"The investigating officer DC Emily Leach and the whole team at East CID worked diligently.

"This case shows that Suffolk Constabulary will act quickly when it comes to knife crime and robbery and look to get offenders before a court as soon as possible.”