horror of post office armed raid
Manager ‘feared the worst’ as robbers wielded baseball bat
A SHOP manager said he ‘feared for the worst' the moment two armed robbers attacked him.
Harvinder Virdee, manager of Richings Park Post Office, Wellesley Avenue, Iver, has been lauded for his bravery after the men threw him to the ground, ripped his trousers looking for keys and stole an entire till from the counter before making their getaway.
Mr Virdee said he was also worried for his customers after one of the thieves threatened a ‘very upset’ mother who was standing there with her baby.
He was helping a customer at around 5.20pm on Wednesday May 25 when the men stormed in and ‘demanded’ cash before attacking him: “The one without the baseball bat tried to push me but I pushed him back and I didn’t give them anything.
“The other guy said ‘just get the keys’, so they grabbed me and threw me on the floor near the front.”
Mr Virdee said the pair did not find the keys to the secure door but instead stole a till which only contained about £50.
He added: “I said to [the mother] ‘call the police’ but when I said that the guy with the baseball bat went towards the lady and she got frightened.”
Mr Virdee said he was ‘angry’ and ‘ shocked’ that something like this could happen in ‘such a good area’.
“I feared the worst,” he said. “I thought anything could happen.”
Mr Virdee is now covered in bruises following the ordeal. He added: “It was better to just give them something and let them go rather than stop them completely.”
His wife, Mani, said: “He was very brave in the way he dealt with the situation, protecting himself and the customer.”
She added: “The community has been very supportive, especially the people who were there at the time of the scene.
“We would like to thank them.”
Det Con Richard Bazeley, of Thames Valley Police, said: “I am appealing to anyone who may have seen anything or has any information to come forward as soon as possible.
“It is possible that the two men made their escape in a dark coloured Volkswagen car in the direction of Richings Way.”
Both men are described as white.
One was approximately 5ft 10ins tall, of average build, aged between 30 and 40 years old, wearing a face covering and dark clothing.
The second man is described as being slightly taller, chubbier in build and aged in his forties. He also wore dark clothing.
Contact DC Bazeley on 101 or charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you have any information.
Shocked: Harvinder and Mani Virdee – Mr Virdee is recovering after the attack at the post office last week