West Mercia Police have confirmed that an attempted armed robbery took place at Cofton Post Office this morning (Tuesday 22nd April).

The two suspects, both wearing balaclavas, threatened a female member of staff at just after 11am and unsuccessfully attempted to smash the counter glass. They then left the Post Office, on the corner of Groveley Lane and Parsonage Drive, empty handed and made off on foot.

One suspect was armed with what appeared to be a hand gun and the other with a meat cleaver.

Officers from West Mercia and West Midlands Police forces, including armed officers, dogs and handlers and a police helicopter, flooded Cofton Park and the surrounding area to search for the offenders.

No shots were fired and no-one was hurt in the incident but locals described staff as “shaken”.

One of the robbers was white and both were wearing black or dark jackets with the hoods pulled up, black joggers or trainers with white stripes down the legs and black trainers. One of them was carrying a black plastic bag with a white drawstring.

Detective Inspector Callie Bradley said: “This was a serious incident despite the fact that the robbers didn’t manage to steal anything. The woman who was confronted by them is obviously shaken up although fortunately she was not hurt.

“It’s vital that anyone who saw these men in that area before the offence or noticed them making off afterwards gets in touch with us. If you know something please come forward immediately.”

Door to door enquiries are taking place and the Safer Neighbourhood Team will be involved in targeted patrols to provide additional reassurance for the community.

Anyone with information should call detectives at Redditch Police Station on the non-emergency number 101, quoting incident reference 249-S-220414. Details may also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

Cover image by Iain Britton on Flickr

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