Raider strikes at post office

A ROBBER armed with an eight-inch knife threatened staff at a rural post office yesterday and got away with thousands of pounds.Last night Helen Burke, sub-postmistress at Thorrington Post Office and Stores praised the brave actions of her staff during the robbery.

A ROBBER armed with an eight-inch knife threatened staff at a rural post office yesterday and got away with thousands of pounds.

Last night Helen Burke, sub-postmistress at Thorrington Post Office and Stores praised the brave actions of her staff during the robbery.

The robber struck shortly after 2.15pm when there were no customers in the Clacton Road shop.

He threatened the two teenage women staff, including Mrs Burke's daughter, with the knife and demanded money from the post office.


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After he was handed the cash he fled the shop leaving the village in the direction of Clacton.

Mrs Burke said: "My staff did everything right. They were as good as gold. They handled it really well."

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She added: "We'd only been speaking about what to do in case of robbery because of the Nayland Post Office robbery. Whenever anything comes up in this area I always remind them of what to do."

She said her daughter was coping with what had happened well, but the other member of staff, who was doing her last day at the shop, was very upset by the robbery.

The robber is described as white, aged in his 20s, medium build, 5ft 10ins to 5ft 11ins. He wore a grey balaclava and a distinctive waist-length padded coat which was predominantly black but had a striking blue stripe across the shoulders, black trousers and white trainers.

Just before the robbery the shop had been busy with customers, said Mrs Burke.

Police are appealing for any witnesses who may have seen the robber before he entered the shop or afterwards.

Mr and Mrs Burke moved to Thorrington from London just under four years ago and took over the shop and post office in an attempt to get away from more stressful jobs. They are currently trying to sell the business.

Three raiders, armed with a shotgun, crowbar and baseball bat, robbed Nayland Post Office on Tuesday morning, smashing the Post Office glass shield with the bat before demanding cash.

Anyone with information about yesterday's robbery in Thorrington should contact Detective Constable John Shipley at Clacton CID on 01255 221312 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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