New leads in Suffolk post office raid probe

PUBLISHED: 07:30 05 August 2010 | UPDATED: 10:03 16 September 2010

Hopton Post Office. Photo: Denise Bradley

Hopton Post Office. Photo: Denise Bradley

Rebecca Gough

Two further witnesses have been identified with regard to an armed robbery at a Suffolk post office last week.

Two further witnesses have been identified with regard to an armed robbery at a Suffolk post office last week.

Police carried out anniversary checks yesterday outside Hopton Post Office between 10am and midday in a bid to jog people's memories about what they were doing at the same time a week previously.

Officers were called to the post office on Thelnetham Road on July 27 when a man threatened staff with a handgun and knife. He escaped with an unknown amount of cash before leaving the shop on foot and turning right. He then got into a people carrier with two other people inside which drove off.

Nobody was injured.

The man was described as white, in his 20s, between 5ft and 10in and 6ft tall, and wearing dark glasses, a grey fleece, light coloured jeans and a red baseball cap.

Detective Sergeant Andy Day said: “I am very pleased with the public's response to our inquiries so far. We have seen 50 to 60 people this morning in Hopton, and have identified a further two witnesses who will be spoken to again this afternoon.

“We also now believe that the car the offender left the area in was a maroon people carrier, possibly a Toyota Previa, but we have to keep an open mind concerning this.

“Anyone who may have seen such a vehicle in Hopton or the surrounding area last Wednesday should contact police.”

Anyone with information should contact West Suffolk CID on 01473 613500.

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