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[12 APR 00] CRIMES, FIRES & ACCIDENTS
Window Smashed In Post Office Raid

Robbers shattered a window with a kerbstone before stealing more than 1,000 from a post office in Mancetter yesterday.

They pulled up outside the shop in Manor Road in the village near Atherstone at 4.50pm in a silver Ford Mondeo.

The pair, both men, threw the heavy stone through the front window of the post office, causing the glass to shatter.

The 27-year-old postmaster and his wife were both inside at the time, but were uninjured. They fled to the back room of the store for safety.

Once the glass had broken the two men came into the shop and took some money out of the safe, which was open because the postmaster had been cashing up.

The crooks then drove off in the Ford Mondeo. A witness followed them as they drove at high speed down the A5 in the middle of the road towards Nuneaton, but later lost them.

Police are appealing for anyone who saw them before, during or after the raid to come forward.

The first man was black, heavily built, and was wearing dark clothing. His accomplice was slightly slimmer and wore a balaclava, making further identification impossible.

Anyone with information should call DC Nobby Clark at Atherstone CID on 01827 718092.
   
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