Hammer gang in Leeds cash box raid

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A RAIDER threatened a security guard with a weapon and grabbed a cash-box containing thousands in a robbery at a post office.

The robbers struck at about 9am yesterday (Wednesday, June 15) as a Royal Mail security guard delivered money to the sub post office and newsagency in Town Street, Farsley, near Pudsey.

It is believed the shop had just opened for business when the robbery took place.

After leaving his security van and entering the post the guard was confronted by a man obrandishing a blunt cosh type weapon.The raider threatened the guard and demanding money ordered him to hand over the cash box he was carrying.

After grabbing the box the robber fled to a blue Vauxhall Corsa car driven by another man and escaped.

The car was found abandoned soon after in nearby High Bank Street.

One witness, Victoria Bartram, saw raider make his escape. She said: “I saw this guy run out the front door of the post office carrying a black plastic type box.

“He ran round the back and jumped into a purple Vauxhall Corsa driven by another person and it raced off.

“Then I heard the security alarm and I thought ‘Oh my God its a robbery and I dialled 999. Three or four police cars arrived very quickly and put a cordon around the security van, the post office and a cash machine. It was quite dramatic.”

“There were quite a few people around including a mother with a baby buggy and they gave statements to the police,” she added.

The raider was white with a dark complexion, in his 20’s, 5ft 10in tall with dark hair and wearing scruffy clothing.

Any witnesses should call Det Sgt Mark Colman at Weetwood police station via 0845 6060606 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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