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Foiled PO robber jailed

PUBLISHED: 13:29 10 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:20 03 March 2010

A BALACLAVA clad would-be robber who fled empty handed after being hit with a chair by a postmaster has been jailed for three years.

A BALACLAVA clad would-be robber who fled empty handed after being hit with a chair by a postmaster has been jailed for three years.

Michael Smith, 38, was armed with a screwdriver when he and 34-year-old Daryl Tyler burst into the Kedington Post Office while postmistress Mary Upton was serving a woman who was with a young child, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

Tyler, who was armed with a seven-inch kitchen knife told Mrs Upton "Give me the money and don't push the button". However, brave Mrs Upton, who was protected by a toughened glass screen, activated an internal alarm which alerted her husband Peter who was in another part of the premises.

Smith, who had been standing nervously by the shop door ran off, followed by Mr Upton who hit him with a chair.

Tyler, who had lived in Kedington, was seen in the area before the attempted robbery.

Yesterday Smith of Blackburn was jailed for three years for attempted robbery.

Judge Nicholas Beddard said he felt able to give Smith a shorter sentence than Tyler because he had a less serious record and because there had been an unavoidable delay in sentencing him.

Robert O'Sullivan for Smith said his client accepted he was going to prison.

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