hor­ror of post of­fice armed raid

Man­ager ‘feared the worst’ as rob­bers wielded base­ball bat

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Tom Herbert tom.herbert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @TRHer­bert

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

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