Masked raiders attack woman

Westgate Post Office
Westgate Post Office

A postmistress has spoken of her terrifying ordeal when balaclava-clad robbers raided her shop.

The woman and her husband, who don’t wish to be named, were just closing Westgate Post Office when the back door was rammed with a piece of wood.

She told how the masked duo forced her to lie on the floor during the robbery.

She said: “The door went down on the floor with such force it only took one hit. I turned round and two of the blokes were coming over the door at me. They held me in the shop and made me lie face down on the floor whilst my husband was the safe. It only took five minutes. You don’t believe it’s happening, you’re just in absolute shock. We’ve been here eight years and this is the first time this has happened.”

Police said that after stealing a large amount of cash, which they placed in a holdall, all four men left the scene in a red Land Rover which was spotted travelling at speed down Altham Road along the cycle track to Outmoss Lane.

The Land Rover was later found abandoned in York Place and it is also thought that an Astra may have been involved in the incident.

Detective Inspector Bev Foster, from Lancaster CID, said: “This was a terrifying ordeal for the people who were in the shop at the time and we need to find those responsible.” The men were described as white, around 5ft-10ins-tall, of medium build and all wearing balaclavas.

One was wearing a dark-coloured jacket and grey jogging bottoms, another wore a sandy-coloured jacket and a third wore light-coloured gloves and a dark puffer-style jacket. Anyone with information is advised to call Lancaster CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The incident took place at the Westgate Post Office in Glentworth Road on Tuesday, March 26 at 5.45pm.