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Robbery hit business re-opens its doors

Hampden Park Post Office has re-opened with customers queueing into the street at the busy Christmas time. December 9th 2013 E50083P

Hampden Park Post Office has re-opened with customers queueing into the street at the busy Christmas time. December 9th 2013 E50083P

A post office which was hit by an armed robbery and arson attack earlier this year has re-opened its doors.

The long-awaited re-opening has been welcomed by the Hampden Park community and comes after seven months of closure. The business in Rosebery Avenue was targeted on the morning of April 30 when a man dressed in a postman’s uniform threatened a female staff member with a gun before stealing a quantity of cash from the safe and setting fire to the building, which caused substantial smoke damage.

Extensive repairs have been ongoing since this time, but the Post Office was only able to gain access to the premises at the end of October to complete their refit. The business re-opened in time for the busy Christmas period and has seen customers queuing out of the door.

The news that Hampden Park Post Office is now open has been welcomed by Eastbourne’s MP Stephen Lloyd who last week visited the newly- refurbished business and met with the new post mistress Gita Raj.

Mr Lloyd was joined by County Councillor Mike Blanche and local ward Councillors Pat Hearn, Mike Thompson and Jim Murray.

He said, “I was very happy to welcome the new post mistress to her role. This Post Office has seen some difficult times over recent months but it has always been a popular hub for the local community and businesses. It was sorely missed over the months it was closed, so I am delighted to see the shop reopened and refitted.

“We all wished the new post mistress well in her role and were delighted to deliver, on behalf of Hampden Park, a welcoming Christmas cake for her and her family. I am sure the Hampden Park Post Office will once again play an important role in our local community.”

Mrs Raj added, “I am thrilled to re-open the Hampden Park Post Office and it was such a lovely surprise for Stephen and the councillors to give me an early Christmas present. The response I have had from residents has been lovely.”

 

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