Postmaster hit during robbery

PUBLISHED: 14:58 14 December 2006 | UPDATED: 10:03 31 May 2010

A BRAVE postmaster received serious injuries when he stood up to robbers raiding the Post Office on Balsham High Street. According to police, three men wearing balaclavas and boiler suits forced their way into the building at 5pm and demanded money from t

A BRAVE postmaster received serious injuries when he stood up to robbers raiding the Post Office on Balsham High Street.

According to police, three men wearing balaclavas and boiler suits forced their way into the building at 5pm and demanded money from the postmaster.

The postmaster refused their request, but was hit across the back of the head with a blunt instrument, possibly a crowbar.

The thieves stole an undisclosed quantity of cash from the till during last Monday's robber.

A spokesman from the Post Office declined to talk in depth about the incident and said: "We don't want to go into it - we're just trying to put what happened behind us."

After stealing the cash, the men fled from the scene in a stolen dark blue Jeep Cherokee.

Cambridgeshire Police's Det Con Tony Kennedy, who is leading the investigation into the incident, said: "The courageous postmaster was left with severe cuts and bruises and a suspected fractured wrist."

He said he was particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have seen the dark blue Jeep Cherokee between 4pm and 5pm on Monday.

"The Jeep is believed to have been stolen from Ashwell Railway Station in Hertfordshire during that day," he said.

"At about 4pm the Jeep was seen on the A10 at Royston, and then Cambridge-bound on the M11.

"The vehicle was being driven dangerously and erratically and so would have been noticeable to other road users.

"Did you see this vehicle? Where was it? Who was driving it?"

The stolen Jeep was discovered abandoned on a dirt track just outside Balsham the day after the robbery and has been recovered for forensic analysis.

A Royal Mail spokesman would not say what existing safety measures were in place at the Post Office, and if these would be increased in light of the robbery.

He was also unable to say how much money was stolen.

"We are not able to comment on any aspects of security for obvious reasons," he said. "However, we would urge anyone with information on this incident to contact the police immediately."

Police would like to hear any information, regardless of how insignificant it may seem.

They have already conducted house-to-house enquiries and spoken to witnesses in the High Street area.

Anyone with any information should contact Det Con Kennedy at Sawston Police Station on

08454 564564 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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