Post office in security call

STAFF at a Suffolk Post Office hit by two raids today questioned why police have not yet assessed their security.Hacheston Post Office owner Bob Allison called for extra safety measures following raids on at the premises.

STAFF at a Suffolk Post Office hit by two raids today questioned why police have not yet assessed their security.

Hacheston Post Office owner Bob Allison called for extra safety measures following raids on at the premises.

Police said they would advise post offices as part of Operation Arctic - but two months on, the 89-year-old claims he has not been contacted.

Former manager of the post office Graham Westley was jailed last year for stealing £26,000 in two fake robberies but two raids have remained unsolved which has caused Mr Allison concern.

Mr Allison said: "Nothing has happened. I think it is a bit slack. We still want some more security."

Subpostmistress Sally Hemmings also says she has not heard anything. The 40-year-old from Wickham Market said: "I would like to see some form of security stepped up. It is the case of the Post Office and us putting our heads together with the police to see what needs doing."

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Mrs Hemmings, who also manages the The George pub in Wickham Market with husband Ray, said: "The fact that the Post Office is in a rural location and there is easy access to the A12 makes it a potential for burglaries.

"If you become too laid back that is when something is bound to happen."

The 40-year-old re-opened the post office in September after it was shut for several months.

She said: "We wanted to give the community back something they had lost. We have had so much support from people so the Post Office will definitely stay open."

A police spokeswoman said an Operation Arctic pack should have been sent to the post office in October and that community police officers were making visits.

She added: "If anyone feels they haven't had enough help or advice, they can call our crime reduction line on 01473 613500."

A Post Office spokeswoman said: "The security manager produced a report for them and if they adhered to the recommendations they shouldn't have a problem."

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