Have-a-go-hero challenges armed robber

18 January 2011, 17:46 | Updated: 18 January 2011, 17:50

Detectives are appealing for information after an attempted robbery at Maulden Post Office yesterday (17th January).

At around 2pm, the offender entered the Post Office and pointed a gun at the service window before demanding money. The staff refused to hand anything over and the offender tried to get into the office but was unsuccessful.

The offender ran back through the shop and was challenged by a member of the public who had been parked outside the Post Office. The 22 year old man struck the offender causing him to go off balance and the gun fell to the floor, the offender then fled on foot towards Clophill.

The offender is described as a black man, approximately 5’ 7” in height with a slender build. At the time of the offence he was wearing dark tracksuit bottoms, a plain hooded jacket and a balaclava. It is also believed that he had a fluorescent jacket wrapped around his hand upon entering the post office.

Nothing was stolen from the Post Office and nobody was injured during the incident.

Detective Constable Dick Cunningham said, “The actions of this man showed immense bravery and enabled us to recover the gun, however we would always advise members of the public to consider their own safety in these situations.” 

“We are very keen to speak to any further witnesses who may have been in the area at the time or who saw a man matching the description fleeing the scene.”

Anyone with information can contact DC Cunningham on 01234 275364 the main switchboard on 01234 841212, text to 07786 200011 or call Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111