Post office manager's robbery ordeal

A ROBBER pulled a plastic bag over the head of village post office manager and pressed a sharp implement against his neck during a robbery.The bag was taped over the head and mouth of joint manager Graham Westley of Hacheston post office, near Wickham Market.

A ROBBER pulled a plastic bag over the head of village post office manager and pressed a sharp implement against his neck during a robbery.

The bag was taped over the head and mouth of joint manager Graham Westley of Hacheston post office, near Wickham Market.

He was not physically harmed during the robbery, which happened around 8.50am yesterday.

Senior investigating officer Det Insp Stuart Hudson described how Mr Westley went to serve a customer who entered the store when suddenly the lights went out. The store manager, who was alone in the shop, looked to the door as an accomplice turned the lights out and a bag was put over his head.

He felt a sharp implement pressed to his neck and he was then taken into the rear of the premises where his hands, the bag and his mouth were taped up and he was tied to a back window.

He managed to free himself and when he went through into the post office he saw that cash had been taken. The amount has not been disclosed.

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It is second time this year that robbers have struck at the premises. The last time was at the end of January when a lone raider threatened Mr Westley and fled with cash. The robber has not been caught. The two robberies are not being linked at this time.

Mr Hudson added: "It's a terrifying incident for the postmaster and luckily there has been no real serious injury to him. He's obviously shaken up at this moment in time. He's asked to be left alone."

Police hope that because the robbery happened at a busy time of the morning when children are being taken to school, someone might have seen something. They think the raiders must have left through the front of the shop, and used some kind of motor vehicle.

"This is a planned robbery that in a small village such as this is just not acceptable. It's always worrying when small rural post offices are attacked," added Mr Hudson.

One of the suspects is described as a white man, 5ft 11ins tall with dark, cropped hair. He wore a dark blue pullover fleece, blue track suit bottoms and trainers. The trainers were brown suede training boots which looked slightly too big for him. The laces were undone, and they were scruffy.

The second man was also about 5ft 11ins tall and wore dark clothing.

Anyone with any information should contact police on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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