Rob­ber caught af­ter chuck­ing mono­grammed gun in dust­bin

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A DOZY armed rob­ber has been jailed af­ter raid­ing his lo­cal Post Of­fice and dump­ing a gun en­graved with his INI­TIALS in a wheelie bin.

Ed­ward Richard­son ad­mit­ted the raid on the Post Of­fice in Rams­gate, Kent – just a five minute walk from his home – af­ter be­ing recog­nised by the postmaster Ajay Pa­tel.

Can­ter­bury Crown Court heard on Mon­day how the 42-year-old was ‘des­per­ate’ for cash and even apol­o­gised to Mr Pa­tel dur­ing the rob­bery.

Richard­son had stormed into the Post Of­fice and de­manded money. He took £70 from the till but fled when Mr Pa­tel said he knew who he was. He dumped the air ri­fle – with the ini­tials ER en­graved on the butt – in a wheelie bin.

Po­lice dis­cov­ered the air ri­fle in the bin and found Richard­son with the cash the same day.

Ni­cholas Jones, de­fend­ing, told the court: “He went into a post of­fice where he was well known, with­out any mask, and with an air ri­fle that was empty – and with his ini­tials en­graved on the butt.”

Richard­son ad­mit­ted rob­bery and pos­ses­sion of a firearm and was jailed for three-and-ahalf years.

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