Masked robbers armed with screwdriver foiled by post office staff

Irchester Post Office, the scene of an attempted robbery
Irchester Post Office, the scene of an attempted robbery

A shop staff member used a broom to smash the car window of three men who had tried to rob the business.

The balaclava-clad men went into the Post Office in Wollaston Road, Irchester, just after 5.30am on Friday, February 7.

They pointed a screwdriver at the two members of staff in the shop, demanding money and cigarettes. But a worker activated the store’s alarm and the men fled empty-handed.

The member of staff did not wish to be identified, but told the Telegraph: “The adrenaline kicked in. I instinctively just picked up something and chased after them.

“I was angry – you are up early hours just trying to earn a living. I’m not a violent person but I wasn’t going to let them get away with it.”

The man used a broom to smash the back window of the car, a blue Ford Mondeo, registration AJ63 ARX, which had been stolen earlier in the day in Bedfordshire. The car was later found abandoned in Roberts Street, Wellingborough.

Sat Braich, the business owner, was alerted by the alarm going off and came into the shop to wait for the police.

“For this to happen to a small business in this economic climate is very challenging,” he said.

“On top of that, they don’t understand the psychological impact that it can have on staff and their famililes.”

He added that security had been further improved since the attempted robbery.

And he revealed people in the village had offered their support.

“They’ve been absolutely shocked,” he said. “The support from the public has been to tell us to keep going and not let them win.”

He also said the business had been targeted before, but those who had targeted the shop had always been unsuccessful.

The gang were all about 5ft 10ins tall and of average build. One wore a light blue or grey beanie hat, a grey scarf, a light jacket and may have had an Irish accent.

The others wore dark clothes and had their faces covered. Witnesses can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.