A business hit by an armed robbery is set to re-open its doors next Tuesday (December 3), seven months after the incident.
Hampden Park Post Office in Rosebery Avenue was targeted on the morning of April 30 and police searched the area after reporting that a man dressed in a postman’s uniform threatened a female member of staff at the business with a gun.
He is said to have then stolen a quantity of cash from the safe before setting fire to the building. 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 last month to complete their refit.
The news that the business is finally re-opening its doors, following months of frustration from many local residents and businesses, has been welcomed by Eastbourne’s MP Stephen Lloyd.
He said, “I was appalled to hear of the shocking attack earlier this year, but am very pleased that the Post Office is to open again in a few days. “The delay was excessive, but I’m delighted that the residents of Hampden Park will shortly have their Post Office back again.
“An interim sub-postmaster has been found and thank heavens in a few days it will be fully operational in time for the busy Christmas period.”
A Post Office spokesperson added, “We are delighted that Hampden Post Office will reopen to the public on December 3 after the traumatic robbery and arson attack on April 30. We have worked closely with the landlord to get the repair work carried out as quickly as possible to restore this vital community service.
“The branch will be run by a new subpostmaster as the previous subpostmistress has decided not to return after her ordeal. Thankfully this appalling level of robbery is very rare. The Post Office offered counselling support to the subpostmistress.”