Police are appealing for witnesses after an armed robbery and arson at Hampden Park Post Office this morning (Tuesday, April 30).
A man dressed in a postman’s uniform called at the post office in Rosebery Avenue at about 8.30am to deliver a parcel.
He then produced a gun and threatened the female staff member with it before stealing a quantity of cash from the safe and setting fire to the building.
The victim was able to raise the alarm and get out of the post office. She has been taken to the Eastbourne District General Hospital but appears to be unharmed, although extremely distressed – according to a police spokesperson.
East Sussex Fire and Rescue attended the blaze which has caused substantial smoke damage to the building.
The suspect 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. He was 6’ 2’ tall, 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, “This is a busy area and 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 to come forward.
“This was a distressing ordeal for the victim.”
Anyone with information is urged to call Sussex Police on 101 quoting Operation Condor.