Reappeal after attempted Post Office robbery
Dated: 25 Nov 2011
Police investigating a suspicious incident outside High Spen Post Office yesterday (November 24) have released further details.
Officers now believe this was an attempted robbery and are reappealing for witnesses.
In particular they would like to trace two men seen acting suspiciously in the Ramsay Street area between 11am and 12 noon on Thursday, November 24.
They were wearing high-viz vests to disguise themselves as a workman and a cyclist and detectives now believe they were waiting for a cash delivery to the Post Office. However, thanks to vigilant residents, who confronted the pair, their efforts were thwarted.
The first man is in his early 20s with a moustache. He was wearing a Dunlop cycle helmet, black trousers and grey shoes. The second man was wearing a black ski-mask, high-viz coat and was carrying a blue carrier bag.
Police are appealing for witnesses who may have seen these two men or people and vehicles acting suspiciously in the area to contact them.
In particular detectives would like to trace the occupants of a blue Ford Transit-style van with white sign writing on the side. The vehicle was parked near the shop at the time of the incident and the occupants could have vital information.
Anyone with information should contact Northumbria Police on 03456 043 043 ext 69191 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.