Gang snatch cash and gems at post of­fice

Be­tween eight and 10 men and women carry out dis­trac­tion bur­glary where ‘large amount’ of jew­ellery and money stolen

Rossendale Free Press - - Front Page - JON MACPHERSON [email protected] @JonMacMEN

ALARGE amount of Asian jew­ellery and cash was stolen from a post of­fice. Po­lice said a gang of up to ten men and women en­tered the Bri­tan­nia Post Of­fice branch on Rochdale Road, be­fore some of them be­gan ‘dis­tract­ing the pro­pri­etors’.

After gain­ing ac­cess to the home up­stairs they took a ‘large quan­tity of Asian jew­ellery and cash’ be­fore run­ning off.

Of­fi­cers have re­leased CCTV of three peo­ple they would like to iden­tify.

An on­line fundrais­ing ap­peal has been launched to raise £1,000 for the cou­ple who run the post of­fice.

ALARGE amount of Asian jew­ellery and cash was stolen from a post of­fice in a dis­trac­tion bur­glary.

A gang of be­tween eight and ten men and women ar­rived at Bri­tan­nia Post Of­fice in a large peo­ple car­rier.

Po­lice said the en­tire group en­tered the branch on Rochdale Road with part of them ‘dis­tract­ing the pro­pri­etors’ while oth­ers ‘gained ac­cess’ to the home up­stairs.

Once in­side the prop­erty they took a ‘large quan­tity of Asian jew­ellery and cash’ be­fore all gang mem­bers ran from the post of­fice and drove off onto New Line in Bacup.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened at around 4.50pm on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 21 and of­fi­cers have re­leased im­ages of three peo­ple picked up on the post of­fice CCTV sys­tem.

A Rossendale Po­lice spokesper­son said: “We are car­ry­ing out a num­ber of enquiries into this in­ci­dent, how­ever we are ap­peal­ing for the pub­lic’s as­sis­tance.

“The im­age has been cap­tured from the in­ter­nal CCTV sys­tem and we are keen to iden­tify the three peo­ple present.

“If you have in­for­ma­tion on whom they are or that could lead us lo­cat­ing them please get in touch.”

Po­lice said the peo­ple car­rier was trav­el­ling from the di­rec­tion of Bacup towards Whit­worth be­fore stop­ping at the post of­fice.

They have asked any wit­nesses, or cus­tomers present in the post of­fice at the time, or any­one who saw any­thing sus­pi­cious around the time stated to con­tact PC Nolan by email­ing [email protected] lan­cashire. pnn. po­lice. uk and quot­ing log num­ber 1033 of De­cem­ber 21.

It is the se­cond time the post of­fice has been tar­geted by of­fend­ers in the last three years.

The Free Press re­ported in 2015 how two ‘am­a­teur­ish’ rob­bers ter­rorised Ko­mal Go­plani and her hus­band Sunny with an air pis­tol and ba­ton.

They were jailed for a to­tal of 12 years.

An on­line fundrais­ing ap­peal has been launched since the lat­est in­ci­dent to raise £1,000 for the cou­ple.

Ste­vie Fit­ton wrote: “[Sunny] and his wife are the salt of the earth peo­ple and I re­alise money we raise will not re­place valu­able fam­ily items [ but] maybe a lit­tle cash could re­store their faith in peo­ple and re­alise they are cared for in our com­mu­nity.”

To do­nate visit www. gofundme. com/ brit­ta­nia-post-of­fice-rob­bery.

Po­lice want to trace these three peo­ple fol­low­ing the raid

Three peo­ple at the branch on Rochdale Road po­lice want to iden­tify

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