Police in armed robbery Crimewatch appeal

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POLICE have turned to BBC1’s Crimewatch programme to appeal for information following an armed robbery at a post office in Up Holland.

The programme, which will air tonight (Thursday, May 30) at 9pm, will show CCTV from the incident which took place at closing time, around 5:40pm, on Friday, January 11, inside the Hall Green Post Office.

A female member of staff was locking up and preparing to fill up the shop’s cash machine with the help of her colleague. At this time a black Vauxhall Corsa was taken at gun point from its female owner a short distance from the Post Office.

Seconds later the stolen Corsa was reversed through the shop window. Two hooded men then rushed into the shop while the driver waited outside.

Once inside one of the men has threatened the terrified cashiers with a sawn-off shotgun before he and the second robber grab the cassettes from the cash machine.

They then jumped back into the waiting Corsa before speeding off with more than £28,000.

The car was later found abandoned nearby, on Rivington Drive, and detectives are continuing to appeal to anyone who may have any information to come forward.

Detective Sergeant Phil Bowerbank said: “Our investigation into this robbery is on-going but we have approached Crimewatch as we need the public’s help.

“This robbery was clearly pre-planned I so I would also appeal to anyone who may have seen anybody acting suspiciously in the area not only on the night but in the days leading up to the robbery to come forward and speak with police. Any piece of information, no matter how small, could be crucial to the investigation so please come forward if you think you can help.

“We are also investigating the possibility that the same offenders committed an earlier robbery at the same premises in November 2011 whereby a female cashier was attacked as she locked up on a Friday evening on November 11. As the robbers fled they shot a 65 year old man in the leg.

“These men are clearly dangerous and need to be stopped. Anyone with any information should call Lancashire Police on 08451 25 35 45.”

People with information can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.