Pledge to find village a PO

By Patrick LowmanVILLAGERS have been assured they will get another post office to replace the outlet that closed following a terrifying raid.Pensioners Dennis and Lucy Davies were threatened with a hammer and were bound hand and foot by two men during an attempt to carry out a robbery at the post office next door to their home in Chevington.

By Patrick Lowman

VILLAGERS have been assured they will get another post office to replace the outlet that closed following a terrifying raid.

Pensioners Dennis and Lucy Davies were threatened with a hammer and were bound hand and foot by two men during an attempt to carry out a robbery at the post office next door to their home in Chevington.

The couple, who said they still had nightmares about their ordeal, have since closed the post office - which they owned, but did not run - leaving villagers without a vital service.


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But bosses at Post Office Limited have now moved to reassure villagers they were looking for a replacement outlet.

It said: “The business intends to keep a branch in the area. However, the search is on for a new site from which to operate the branch.”

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Post Office Limited also confirmed the outlet would continue to be run by sub-postmaster Dorothy Cortlett.

It also announced Ms Cortlett had resigned after the recent robbery attempt, but now admitted to making a mistake.

A company spokesman said: “We are very sorry that we have given the wrong impression of the sub-postmistress. We hope she will accept our apologies and assurance that we will work with her in the future to identify new premises.”

Meanwhile, the hunt continues for the men who threatened Mr and Mrs Davies in the raid, which happened at about 4am on August 26.

They held a pillow over Mr Davies' face, causing him to have an asthma attack and he was later taken to hospital.

One of the robbers was described as white, about 5ft 8in tall, aged in his 30s, of medium build and wearing a dark, woollen hat, dark trousers and a jacket.

His accomplice was also white, about 5ft 9in tall, of medium build and wearing a balaclava, a dark jacket and trousers.

Anyone with information should contact Suffolk police on 01284 774100 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

patrick.lowman@eadt.co.uk

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