Postmaster ‘shaken’ after robbery ordeal

North Street post office in Horsebridge SUS-140528-142537001
North Street post office in Horsebridge SUS-140528-142537001
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The postmaster at a sub-post

office in Hailsham was left ‘very shaken’ and with a bruised and dislocated shoulder after trying to fight off armed robbers on Saturday.

Two men with scarves hiding their faces entered the store on North Street, Lower Horsebridge just after 10am on May 24 and threatened the member of a staff with a knife before making off with thousands of pounds.

The man, who is in his 60s and did not wish to be named, suffered minor injuries as he attempted to stop the robbers getting through the counter door.

He said, “It was just me and the member of staff who works in the store who were there – they’d obviously waited until all the customers had left the shop.

“I didn’t see them or hear them approach. I just opened the door to go and get a drink and they were stood outside my door.

“They said to me ‘open the safe and get on the floor’. The safe was already open from the job I had been doing before. I didn’t get on the floor, I walked away and phoned the police. The police didn’t come to the shop right away as they spent some time driving around the area trying to look for the robbers.

“The paramedics said it looked as if I had dislocated my shoulder when I tried to shut the door to stop them coming in, but it had popped back into place. Now it’s just very bruised and very sore.

“One of the men held a knife up to me. I was very shaken.”

The post office was shut while forensic examinations were carried out and re-opened as normal after the Bank Holiday on Wednesday, May 28.

Sussex Police has asked anyone with information about the incident to come forward. If you can help, please call 101 or email quoting Operation Fountain.

You can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

• Two men appeared at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, May 29 charged with a robbery.

Christopher Bullen, 27, of Malthouse Way, Hellingly, and Simon Gill, 39, of Bourne Street, Eastbourne, are both charged with unlawful possession of a sheath knife.

The case has been passed to Lewes Crown Court, where it will be heard on June 26.

Both men received conditional bail.