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Wateringbury sub-postmaster speaks of shock at knife raid

A young sub-postmaster has spoken of his shock after being threatened with a knife in a hold-up.

The 24-year-old was alone in Wateringbury Post Office in Tonbridge Road, on Tuesday.

It was dark and just 15 minutes before the 6pm closing time when the robbers struck.

Wateringbury Post Office
Wateringbury Post Office

He said: "Two men came in. I didn't really notice until they were suddenly right in my face.

"One held a knife towards my chest and said to empty the tills and give them the money or they'd stab me."

He said: "I just froze. It happened so suddenly and unexpectedly, it was a blur, I didn't know what to do."

The robbers took the money and stamps, which they stuffed into a pillow case and then ran off.

He has felt shaky ever since and jumping at every odd noise.

He said: "I never expected I would be affected so much

"This has always been a job I enjoyed - until now."

The village has rallied round to offer comfort.

The shop-keeper said: "We've had lots of messages of support. The other businesses have been great and lots of other sub-postmasters have been in touch too."

He praised the police, saying: "As soon as the men ran out. I locked the door, sounded the alarm and rang the police.

"They were brilliant. I don't know how they got here so quickly - or so many of them.

"All I want now is for these men to be caught."

Police say they are looking for two men who entered the post office wearing balaclavas.

The men drove away from the area in silver Renault Megane with a partial registration number CMK that was later found burnt out in Barn Hill, Hunton.

A 27-year-old man from Wateringbury arrested in connection with the offence yesterday was later released pending further investigation.

Anybody who noticed anybody acting suspiciously near the post office, saw the Renault Megane or has any information that could assist the investigation is asked to call police on 01622 604100, quoting reference 46/4786/18, or via the anonymous Crimestoppers hotline on 0800 555 111.

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