Police launch manhunt after botched post office raid

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Suspect fled empty handed from village shop.

POLICE have launched a manhunt after a failed robbery at a village post office yesterday (Wednesday).

A man is alleged to have demanded money from a female cashier in the shop Bucks Cross, close to the Bideford Bay Holiday Park, shortly before 1.15pm.

There was a suggestion that a weapon was concealed, although none were actually seen, nor were any threats made.

Shortly after this, the suspect fled the shop empty handed and headed off in the Hartland direction.


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Police launched an exhaustive search of the area but the suspect remains at large.

He is described as white, aged in his 30s, around 5ft 9ins to 5ft 10ins tall and of skinny build and unshaven.

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He was wearing a grey hooded top and had the hood up with a baseball-type cap underneath it. He had dark coloured trousers or jogging bottoms.

Detective Inspector Dave Atkinson said: “This was obviously a disturbing incident for the woman in the shop who was very brave. The suspect for whatever reason decided to run off and police units were immediately deployed to try to find this person.

“No one was injured in this isolated incident and a full investigation is now being carried out.

“I would like to appeal to members of the public who may have some vital information that can help us identify the suspect. If you were in the area at the time and saw someone matching the description, perhaps action suspicious, then we’d like to hear from you.”

Anyone with any information is asked to call 101 and quote log 336 of 12 June 2013, alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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