Handgun used in armed Post Office robbery where raiders stole £300

Bournemouth Echo: Handgun used in armed Post Office robbery where raiders stole £300 Handgun used in armed Post Office robbery where raiders stole £300

A HANDGUN was used in an armed robbery in which around £300 was stolen from a Bournemouth Post Office on Friday last week.

Two men were seen dashing away from the Hambledon Road branch in Pokesdown/Boscombe East at around 2.40pm after holding up cashiers. It is not known if the weapon was a genuine firearm or a replica.

Dorset Police, who launched an extensive manhunt involving the police helicopter after the incident, were due to release CCTV footage today in a bid to catch the offenders.

To date no one has been arrested in connection with the offence. No one was injured during the incident.

Police are appealing for witnesses to contact them on 101 quoting incident number 10:241, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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8:48am Mon 13 Jan 14

BarrHumbug says...

What do you get for armed robbery nowadays? Hope it was worth it for £300!
What do you get for armed robbery nowadays? Hope it was worth it for £300! BarrHumbug

9:15am Mon 13 Jan 14

MaxReturn says...

Naughty criminals. Don't they know our nice government eliminated guns. As the saying goes, If you outlaw guns only outlaws will have them. There has been a sharp rise in the use of firearms since the government tried to uninvent them (Home Home Office stats).
Naughty criminals. Don't they know our nice government eliminated guns. As the saying goes, If you outlaw guns only outlaws will have them. There has been a sharp rise in the use of firearms since the government tried to uninvent them (Home Home Office stats). MaxReturn

9:45am Mon 13 Jan 14

BarrHumbug says...

MaxReturn wrote:
Naughty criminals. Don't they know our nice government eliminated guns. As the saying goes, If you outlaw guns only outlaws will have them. There has been a sharp rise in the use of firearms since the government tried to uninvent them (Home Home Office stats).
Its not the outlaws that worry me so much, its the perfectly law abiding legal gun owner who one day out of the blue decides he wants to be an arch enemy of Batman and goes into a cinema shooting people, or some hormonal kid who decides school just isn't for him/her and goes in shooting their classmates!
[quote][p][bold]MaxReturn[/bold] wrote: Naughty criminals. Don't they know our nice government eliminated guns. As the saying goes, If you outlaw guns only outlaws will have them. There has been a sharp rise in the use of firearms since the government tried to uninvent them (Home Home Office stats).[/p][/quote]Its not the outlaws that worry me so much, its the perfectly law abiding legal gun owner who one day out of the blue decides he wants to be an arch enemy of Batman and goes into a cinema shooting people, or some hormonal kid who decides school just isn't for him/her and goes in shooting their classmates! BarrHumbug

11:46am Mon 13 Jan 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Standby Judge Wigg couple chaps heading your way for a very severe telling off
Standby Judge Wigg couple chaps heading your way for a very severe telling off kalebmoledirt

11:49am Mon 13 Jan 14

smhinto says...

These are very naughty boys who should be sent to bed with no tea !!
These are very naughty boys who should be sent to bed with no tea !! smhinto

12:02pm Mon 13 Jan 14

suzigirl says...

Not worth it for £300 - it was probably a water pistol!
Not worth it for £300 - it was probably a water pistol! suzigirl

12:10pm Mon 13 Jan 14

kalebmoledirt says...

smhinto wrote:
These are very naughty boys who should be sent to bed with no tea !!
My previous comment was not meant to make light of a very serious crime ,more to challenge the judges to apply sentences that reflect the trauma and distress caused to hard working people.
[quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: These are very naughty boys who should be sent to bed with no tea !![/p][/quote]My previous comment was not meant to make light of a very serious crime ,more to challenge the judges to apply sentences that reflect the trauma and distress caused to hard working people. kalebmoledirt

12:15pm Mon 13 Jan 14

kalebmoledirt says...

suzigirl wrote:
Not worth it for £300 - it was probably a water pistol!
You can only be sure it,s a water pistol if you get wet when the thug pulled the trigger previous to that it,s a lethal weapon,and I imagine incredibly frightening
[quote][p][bold]suzigirl[/bold] wrote: Not worth it for £300 - it was probably a water pistol![/p][/quote]You can only be sure it,s a water pistol if you get wet when the thug pulled the trigger previous to that it,s a lethal weapon,and I imagine incredibly frightening kalebmoledirt

12:47pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Eloracep says...

I use this post office regularly and I was saddened to hear of this as the couple who run it are so friendly and helpful, I hope they can overcome this trauma and continue to run the Post Office is their usual manner.
I use this post office regularly and I was saddened to hear of this as the couple who run it are so friendly and helpful, I hope they can overcome this trauma and continue to run the Post Office is their usual manner. Eloracep

12:52pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Arjay says...

This must have been a terrifying experience for those involved. There's no way they could have known whether the gun was real or not....

Unfortunately, post offices are often seen as a much easier target than, say, banks or building societies, from a security point of view.

As long as it's seen as 'necessary' to have easy access to cash, over a counter at the post office, then this kind of crime is likely to happen....
This must have been a terrifying experience for those involved. There's no way they could have known whether the gun was real or not.... Unfortunately, post offices are often seen as a much easier target than, say, banks or building societies, from a security point of view. As long as it's seen as 'necessary' to have easy access to cash, over a counter at the post office, then this kind of crime is likely to happen.... Arjay

1:21pm Mon 13 Jan 14

nickynoodah says...

You can get your ears wet
if someone rams your head down the loo and pulls the chain you know
You can get your ears wet if someone rams your head down the loo and pulls the chain you know nickynoodah

1:28pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Isosceles says...

Echo headline 'armed Post Office' but it was the robbers that were armed, not the Post Office!
Work experience at the newsdesk, again?
Echo headline 'armed Post Office' but it was the robbers that were armed, not the Post Office! Work experience at the newsdesk, again? Isosceles

3:14pm Tue 14 Jan 14

MCAME1989 says...

Hand gun was used....
No it wasn't!!
They had a hand gun...they didn't use it!....if they had used it then it would be clear if it was a real gun or a replica!
Hand gun was used.... No it wasn't!! They had a hand gun...they didn't use it!....if they had used it then it would be clear if it was a real gun or a replica! MCAME1989

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