Post offices under siege

SUFFOLK'S post offices are being targeted by armed robbers, a trade spokesman has warned.The warning comes after two men raided a post office in The Street, Barton Mills, near Mildenhall, armed with what is believed to be an axe and gun at around 5pm yesterday.

SUFFOLK'S post offices are being targeted by armed robbers, a trade spokesman has warned.

The warning comes after two men raided a post office in The Street, Barton Mills, near Mildenhall, armed with what is believed to be an axe and gun at around 5pm yesterday.

The raid was the latest in a spate of attacks on post offices in Suffolk – most of them armed.

They include attacks on Holbrook Post Office, January 14, Exning Road Post Office, in Newmarket, on December 30, Shotley Gate Post Office and Stores,

on December 29; Christchurch Street Post Office in Ipswich, on December 23; Debenham Post Office, on December 18.

Jon Richardson, the regional secretary of the National Federation of Sub Postmasters, said: "It has got very bad lately. We are very concerned.

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"It seems that this area is getting hit more so than the rest of the country but I have no idea why."

He said that he would be attending a meeting with crime prevention officers working in Ipswich next week to see how the problem can be addressed.

Anyone with any information about the latest robbery should contact Suffolk police on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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