Man with fake handgun robbed postmistress at isolated Norfolk post office, court hears

PUBLISHED: 16:43 26 February 2018 | UPDATED: 20:16 26 February 2018

Kevin Tunmore. who is accused of armed robbery. Pic: Norfolk Constabulary.

Kevin Tunmore. who is accused of armed robbery. Pic: Norfolk Constabulary.

Norfolk Constabulary

A man armed with an imitation handgun burst into a rural Norfolk post office and robbed the postmistress of cash and postal orders, a court heard.

Kevin Tunmore, 36, robbed Surlingham Post Office on February 2 2017, Norwich Crown Court heard.

Tunmore, of Low Common, Ashby St Mary, has pleaded not guilty to the robbery of the post office, in which a quantity of cash as well as postal orders were stolen.

Tunmore also denies being in possession of an imitation firearm, a black handgun, at the time of the robbery.

A jury was sworn in and John Morgans prosecuting told them, in a brief outline of the case, that the trial concerned the post office which was in the “quite isolated” South Norfolk village of Surlingham.

He said: “What occurred there was a robbery of the village shop and post office.”

He said the woman, who runs the post office, was being called as one of the witnesses during the trial and said: “She was there when people burst in with an imitation firearm and took money from the post office.”

He said other witnesses to be called included residents who lived in Surlingham and people that regularly visited the village.

He said they would also hear from a number of police officers, who were involved in the investigation of the case.

Mr Morgans told the jury: “We are concerned with what took place on February 2 last year.”

He said they would also hear some cell site analysis evidence involving mobile phones.

Judge Anthony Bate said the case could go into three weeks as the court was unable to sit every day because of other matters not connected with the trial.

He told the jury that the village store and post office was targeted and an imitation handgun was produced but said the question they would have to decide was whether Tunmore was responsible for the robbery.

He told them “The question for you is whether this defendant was responsible for it. That is likely to be the issue.”

Mr Morgans is expected to make his full opening of the case to the jury when they return in the morning.

Jude Durr appeared for Tunmore.

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