A postmistress is believed to have been taped up by an attacker who then set fire to the business.
Emergency services raced to Hampden Park this morning (Tuesday) following a report of an armed robbery and fire at the Post Office in Roseberry Avenue.
An eyewitness said the distressed postmistress emerged from the business with tape around her neck.
It is believed a person dressed as a postal worker entered the shop shortly after 8.30am this morning and later fled the scene after starting a fire.
Ken Stevens, who lives nearby, said he and a businessman saw the postmistress emerge. He said, “We looked across the road and saw the lady who runs the post office outside her door with the door slightly ajar and smoke coming out.
“She was in a very big panic and tugging at packaging tape around her neck.
“We tried to calm her down.”
The pair then called an ambulance which arrived at the scene along with police and firefighters.
A spokesperson for Sussex Police said, “Emergency services were called to a report of an armed robbery and fire at the Post Office in Roseberry Avenue, Eastbourne, at 8.45am today (Tuesday April 30).
“The investigation is at the early stages and police are actively looking for the suspect. East Sussex Fire and Rescue are dealing with the fire. No other details are available at this stage.”
A video of eyewitness accounts will appear on the Herald website later today (Tuesday).