A village community has been left shocked and stunned after three masked men wielding machetes raided a post office.
The offenders stormed Rising Bridge Post Office at around 11am on Friday, July 3 threatening the postmistress, her husband and their son with machetes before making off with thousands of pounds in cash.
The post office reopened for business on Monday, July 6.
The family said that they were still too shaken to comment on the incident.
Businesses, residents and the nearby primary school have been left reeling by the armed raid.
Stephen Oldfield, headteacher at St John Stonefold CE Primary School, said: “It is really worrying to think that something like that could happen so close to a primary school.
“A lot of pupils go in the post office and people are rightly worried.
“It was a really big shock when we heard, we know the family very well here.”
Sue Lord, owner of Puddleducks Nursery on Blackburn Road, said: “Threatening with a machete is so violent and aggressive, it seems more savage and shocking than a gun.
“It is very worrying that something like that could happen here.”
Ivan McMillan, who owns Eureka Animal Feed opposite the post office, said: “It’s shocking. We heard a faint alarm at the time but didn’t really realise the seriousness of what had happened.”
Margaret Clegg, 58, of Northfield Road, said: “It is terrible, it is really worrying to think that this could happen just over the road.”
Her husband Dale, 54, added: “We need the Post Office in the community, we would be absolutely lost without them.”
Det Insp Martin Melvin, from East CID, said: “This was a terrifying ordeal for the postmistress and her family, but fortunately they were not injured in the ordeal.
“I would like to reassure the public that we are on with our initial enquiries including trying to identify and look through any potential CCTV that could assist us with our enquiries.
“If you witnessed anything suspicious or you know anything about this incident at all, please get in touch.”
The men left the scene in a red Volvo estate type car in the direction of Roundhill Lane.
Two of the men were described as wearing black tracksuit style tops and bottoms and the third man was wearing a grey tracksuit.
Anyone with information can contact police on 101.