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Man armed with gun hits worker in shop raid

PUBLISHED: 14:41 16 August 2018 | UPDATED: 09:07 17 August 2018

Police are investigating an armed robbery which happened in a Post Office in King's Lynn Picture: Archant

Police are investigating an armed robbery which happened in a Post Office in King's Lynn Picture: Archant

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A man armed with a gun hit a shop worker after he stormed a boutique store but left empty handed.

The drama unfolded at Priory Court, St Augustines Way, in North Wootton, near King’s Lynn, at 9.15am after a man approached the Post Office counter based in the Talking Heads hairdressers and Body Talk beauty salon.

The suspect, who was wearing a balaclava and armed with what appeared to be a firearm, threatened and hit the shop worker who suffered a minor injury.

The offender left empty handed and fled the scene in a car.

The shop is located in a quiet, residential area just a stone’s throw from a pre-school and a short walk from North Wootton Academy primary school and Wootton Park.

Police are investigating an armed robbery which happened in a Post Office in King's Lynn Picture: ArchantPolice are investigating an armed robbery which happened in a Post Office in King's Lynn Picture: Archant

One woman who had witnessed the attack, but did not want to be named, described the altercation as “surreal” but said the ordeal only lasted around a minute.

She said it was the first time a robbery had happened in the Post Office, which had only opened in North Wootton around three years ago when it relocated from Nursery Lane, South Wootton.

“It’s not a regular occurrence but thankfully we have a good community here and CCTV,” she said.

“Not an any point did we feel we were in danger, we didn’t know what he was doing, it happened so quickly.”

She said at the time of the attack there were up to 10 customers in the three stores.

“The guy in the post office dealt with it very well and the police got here very quickly, the whole community has been supportive,” she added.

One local resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said she felt safe in the four years she has been living in North Wootton.

She added: “I thought it wouldn’t have happened here, this is such a trusting and quiet place.

“I’m just shocked really, I can’t believe it.”

The Post Office remained closed for the day but will reopen on Friday, August 17.

Armed units were deployed and searches were carried out but the suspect remains at large and enquiries are ongoing.

Anyone with information should contact Detective Sergeant Sam Pontin at King’s Lynn CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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