Terror at gunpoint

E-fit of the man believed to have robbed Hampden Park Post Office
E-fit of the man believed to have robbed Hampden Park Post Office

Police are continuing to search for an armed robber who threatened a postmistress with a gun and then set the place on fire.

Emergency services raced to the sub post office in Rosebery Avenue in Hampden Park on Tuesday (April 30) following the incident in which the staff member is believed to have been taped up by the attacker.

Hampden Park post office on fire

Hampden Park post office on fire

The drama unfolded at around 8.30am when a man dressed in a postman’s uniform called at the door to deliver a parcel. He then produced a gun and threatened the woman with it before stealing a quantity of cash from the safe and setting fire to the building which caused substantial smoke damage.

The victim was able to raise the alarm and get out of the post office.

She was taken to the DGH initially but remains in a distressed state.

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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 Herald understands that the business has no CCTV.

Police, who yesterday released an e-fit of the suspect, says he may have made off towards the footbridge over the railway level crossing or further up Rosebery Avenue. He is described as a white male, clean shaven, with cropped brown hair. 6’ 2’, slim and aged about 30. He had a silver bar style earring in the top of his left ear and spoke with a southern accent. He was wearing a black beanie style hat, blue jeans and red Royal Mail fleece and brown muddy trainers.

Detective Inspector Gavin Patch said, “We are appealing for anyone who may have seen this man who was dressed in a uniform go into the post office or leave it or who recognise him from the e-fit to come forward.

“The victim is still in a distressed state.”

A Post Office spokesperson said, “Post Office can confirm there was a robbery at Hampden Park Post Office on 30th April 2013. The people who run our Post Office branches provide important services to local communities.

“Any robbery or attempted robbery is very traumatic for the victims and we will be supporting the Police in their efforts to apprehend those responsible. Post Office would urge anyone with information to contact the police or anonymously on 0800 555111.”