Police hunt for armed robbers who raided Bournemouth post office

Bournemouth Echo: Police at the scene of the robbery at the post office on Christchurch Road Police at the scene of the robbery at the post office on Christchurch Road

ARMED robbers raided a post office in a Bournemouth street yesterday afternoon.

Two men were seen dashing away from the Hambledon Road branch in Pokesdown at around 2.40pm after holding up cashiers.

Police have not confirmed the type of weapon involved.

At the time of going to press, the raiders had not been caught by armed officers, despite an extensive search by the police helicopter.

Gokhan Cayir, 29, was working at the Premier newsagent next door when a “distressed” woman rushed in.

“I had not heard anything, but a woman ran into the shop,” he said.

“She was very distressed, and she was crying. She said there had been a robbery. I went outside and saw two men running off.”

Mr Cayir said he went next door to check on Post Office staff members immediately.

Other traders in Christchurch Road said the robbery must have taken place “quickly and quietly”.

An eye-witness from a nearby business, who didn’t want to be named, said: “We heard a commotion outside, and minutes later five or six police cars were there and the helicopter was circling above.”

Angela Trott, owner of It’s Epic embroidery and printing shop across the road, saw the aftermath of the incident.

“I just noticed the owner of the Post Office talking to two men and pointing across towards this shop,” she said.

“That was before the police arrived. They said the robbers ran off in this direction so we are checking our CCTV to see if it has caught them.

“It is normally quiet round here. I was just saying yesterday I’m glad I don’t work somewhere with money on the premises, it’s scary.”

A member of the public reported that armed police stormed the Boscombe East Post Office branch first. He said: “It can be quite confusing as both post offices are on the same road.”

Police are appealing for witnesses to contact them on 101 quoting incident number 10:241, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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6:23am Sat 11 Jan 14

blakieboy7 says...

Such a shame that the police stormed the wrong post office first as that gave the thieving swines crucial time to getaway
Such a shame that the police stormed the wrong post office first as that gave the thieving swines crucial time to getaway blakieboy7

6:52am Sat 11 Jan 14

Huey says...

blakieboy7 wrote:
Such a shame that the police stormed the wrong post office first as that gave the thieving swines crucial time to getaway
Sounds about right, they usually get simple things wrong when they are all het up about something. No excuses eh? Well then who cannot read or take details down properly?
[quote][p][bold]blakieboy7[/bold] wrote: Such a shame that the police stormed the wrong post office first as that gave the thieving swines crucial time to getaway[/p][/quote]Sounds about right, they usually get simple things wrong when they are all het up about something. No excuses eh? Well then who cannot read or take details down properly? Huey

7:44am Sat 11 Jan 14

Nikki-1985 says...

I think you will find that the initial reports that came in were 'a PO under attack on Christchurch Road' no address mentioned - there are 3 PO's on this stretch of Road hence the confusion
I think you will find that the initial reports that came in were 'a PO under attack on Christchurch Road' no address mentioned - there are 3 PO's on this stretch of Road hence the confusion Nikki-1985

8:14am Sat 11 Jan 14

Huey says...

Nikki-1985 wrote:
I think you will find that the initial reports that came in were 'a PO under attack on Christchurch Road' no address mentioned - there are 3 PO's on this stretch of Road hence the confusion
So they checked which one it was and then....
[quote][p][bold]Nikki-1985[/bold] wrote: I think you will find that the initial reports that came in were 'a PO under attack on Christchurch Road' no address mentioned - there are 3 PO's on this stretch of Road hence the confusion[/p][/quote]So they checked which one it was and then.... Huey

8:17am Sat 11 Jan 14

hooplaa says...

Huey wrote:
blakieboy7 wrote:
Such a shame that the police stormed the wrong post office first as that gave the thieving swines crucial time to getaway
Sounds about right, they usually get simple things wrong when they are all het up about something. No excuses eh? Well then who cannot read or take details down properly?
You go out and do the job then!
[quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]blakieboy7[/bold] wrote: Such a shame that the police stormed the wrong post office first as that gave the thieving swines crucial time to getaway[/p][/quote]Sounds about right, they usually get simple things wrong when they are all het up about something. No excuses eh? Well then who cannot read or take details down properly?[/p][/quote]You go out and do the job then! hooplaa

8:22am Sat 11 Jan 14

Narwhal says...

Previous report says police received call at 1436, the response was extremely rapid. Irrespective if the emergency call did not identify the specific PO. Well done I say. Let us hope the scum get caught, with sound evidence to ensure they are banged up for a significant stretch. But this takes hard work. Glad to hear no-one was hurt apparently.
Previous report says police received call at 1436, the response was extremely rapid. Irrespective if the emergency call did not identify the specific PO. Well done I say. Let us hope the scum get caught, with sound evidence to ensure they are banged up for a significant stretch. But this takes hard work. Glad to hear no-one was hurt apparently. Narwhal

9:12am Sat 11 Jan 14

Huey says...

hooplaa wrote:
Huey wrote:
blakieboy7 wrote:
Such a shame that the police stormed the wrong post office first as that gave the thieving swines crucial time to getaway
Sounds about right, they usually get simple things wrong when they are all het up about something. No excuses eh? Well then who cannot read or take details down properly?
You go out and do the job then!
Ok
[quote][p][bold]hooplaa[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]blakieboy7[/bold] wrote: Such a shame that the police stormed the wrong post office first as that gave the thieving swines crucial time to getaway[/p][/quote]Sounds about right, they usually get simple things wrong when they are all het up about something. No excuses eh? Well then who cannot read or take details down properly?[/p][/quote]You go out and do the job then![/p][/quote]Ok Huey

9:22am Sat 11 Jan 14

BIGTONE says...

blakieboy7 wrote:
Such a shame that the police stormed the wrong post office first as that gave the thieving swines crucial time to getaway
There is no excuse for that. All premises at risk like this obviously have "holdup" alarm buttons direct to a monitoring station. Once the alarm has been activated it displays the premises Unique Reference Number (URN)
Which identifies it's exact location,type of premises etc.

So something went badly wrong if the Police stormed the wrong premises.
Who was at fault?
[quote][p][bold]blakieboy7[/bold] wrote: Such a shame that the police stormed the wrong post office first as that gave the thieving swines crucial time to getaway[/p][/quote]There is no excuse for that. All premises at risk like this obviously have "holdup" alarm buttons direct to a monitoring station. Once the alarm has been activated it displays the premises Unique Reference Number (URN) Which identifies it's exact location,type of premises etc. So something went badly wrong if the Police stormed the wrong premises. Who was at fault? BIGTONE

9:35am Sat 11 Jan 14

rudestickers says...

Blah Blah Blah! Why are people More bothered that the police went to wrong PO than the fact that there are armed robbers . Weird!
Blah Blah Blah! Why are people More bothered that the police went to wrong PO than the fact that there are armed robbers . Weird! rudestickers

9:41am Sat 11 Jan 14

Controversial But True says...

blakieboy7 wrote:
Such a shame that the police stormed the wrong post office first as that gave the thieving swines crucial time to getaway
Probably asking for directions!
[quote][p][bold]blakieboy7[/bold] wrote: Such a shame that the police stormed the wrong post office first as that gave the thieving swines crucial time to getaway[/p][/quote]Probably asking for directions! Controversial But True

9:43am Sat 11 Jan 14

politicaltrainspotter says...

Decent, honest people got up that morning to go to work and provide a valuable service to the local community.Then low-lifes storm in with weapons and then put them through a traumatic experience that may have the potential to affect them for the rest of their lives.

I only hope that the criminal justice systems delivers a maximum penalty but how many times have we read when it goes to court in the Echo of mitigating circumstances.'My client has come from a bad background, Etc, etc, etc,.

I can't put in words what i think of that but it begins with 'B'. And lets hope the criminal injuries systems applies to those that may of been affected now or in the future.
Decent, honest people got up that morning to go to work and provide a valuable service to the local community.Then low-lifes storm in with weapons and then put them through a traumatic experience that may have the potential to affect them for the rest of their lives. I only hope that the criminal justice systems delivers a maximum penalty but how many times have we read when it goes to court in the Echo of mitigating circumstances.'My client has come from a bad background, Etc, etc, etc,. I can't put in words what i think of that but it begins with 'B'. And lets hope the criminal injuries systems applies to those that may of been affected now or in the future. politicaltrainspotter

9:49am Sat 11 Jan 14

BIGTONE says...

rudestickers wrote:
Blah Blah Blah! Why are people More bothered that the police went to wrong PO than the fact that there are armed robbers . Weird!
Errrrrr if they go to the wrong premises in the first place it gives the robbers time to set up a BBQ outside and have a bite to eat before the Police arrive.

Dick.
[quote][p][bold]rudestickers[/bold] wrote: Blah Blah Blah! Why are people More bothered that the police went to wrong PO than the fact that there are armed robbers . Weird![/p][/quote]Errrrrr if they go to the wrong premises in the first place it gives the robbers time to set up a BBQ outside and have a bite to eat before the Police arrive. Dick. BIGTONE

10:19am Sat 11 Jan 14

Nikki-1985 says...

Only 2 important factors

1 - No one was seriously hurt
2 - They catch the B******s that did it
Only 2 important factors 1 - No one was seriously hurt 2 - They catch the B******s that did it Nikki-1985

11:22am Sat 11 Jan 14

BournemouthMum says...

Lots of exit points from that PO - Holdenhurst Avenue which leads to Castle Lane East, Christchurch Road, both directions etc and no CCTV in the area. By the time the police arrived the robbers would have long gone so there's a limited chance of them being caught unless they rob another place and the crimes are linked.
Lots of exit points from that PO - Holdenhurst Avenue which leads to Castle Lane East, Christchurch Road, both directions etc and no CCTV in the area. By the time the police arrived the robbers would have long gone so there's a limited chance of them being caught unless they rob another place and the crimes are linked. BournemouthMum

11:25am Sat 11 Jan 14

pete woodley says...

Didnt we hear last year what a wonderful place Pokesdown was,loads of comments on here from local businesses.
Didnt we hear last year what a wonderful place Pokesdown was,loads of comments on here from local businesses. pete woodley

11:54am Sat 11 Jan 14

mikeymagic says...

pete woodley wrote:
Didnt we hear last year what a wonderful place Pokesdown was,loads of comments on here from local businesses.
The post office in Hengistbury Head was robbed. Does it make that a dump?
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: Didnt we hear last year what a wonderful place Pokesdown was,loads of comments on here from local businesses.[/p][/quote]The post office in Hengistbury Head was robbed. Does it make that a dump? mikeymagic

12:11pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Understated says...

i like the couple who work in the post office, they are very lovely people and this makes me angry that some b***ards come along and threaten them, steal money and put them at risk with no regards to anything but themselves.

please catch them and lock them up, they are horrible for being so heartless and selfish, they think they are the only ones with money problems. its no excuse.
i like the couple who work in the post office, they are very lovely people and this makes me angry that some b***ards come along and threaten them, steal money and put them at risk with no regards to anything but themselves. please catch them and lock them up, they are horrible for being so heartless and selfish, they think they are the only ones with money problems. its no excuse. Understated

12:33pm Sat 11 Jan 14

allopinionscount says...

Huey wrote:
hooplaa wrote:
Huey wrote:
blakieboy7 wrote:
Such a shame that the police stormed the wrong post office first as that gave the thieving swines crucial time to getaway
Sounds about right, they usually get simple things wrong when they are all het up about something. No excuses eh? Well then who cannot read or take details down properly?
You go out and do the job then!
Ok
OK? Interesting response. Please with your wealth of experience and wisdom let us know when you've joined, even if it's the specials, I'm sure the readers here would love to hear how much of a difference you've made. Or like most on here stick to your 20 20 hindsight and keep on typing!
[quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hooplaa[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]blakieboy7[/bold] wrote: Such a shame that the police stormed the wrong post office first as that gave the thieving swines crucial time to getaway[/p][/quote]Sounds about right, they usually get simple things wrong when they are all het up about something. No excuses eh? Well then who cannot read or take details down properly?[/p][/quote]You go out and do the job then![/p][/quote]Ok[/p][/quote]OK? Interesting response. Please with your wealth of experience and wisdom let us know when you've joined, even if it's the specials, I'm sure the readers here would love to hear how much of a difference you've made. Or like most on here stick to your 20 20 hindsight and keep on typing! allopinionscount

2:19pm Sat 11 Jan 14

NK1967 says...

pete woodley wrote:
Didnt we hear last year what a wonderful place Pokesdown was,loads of comments on here from local businesses.
Firstly the most important thing was nobody was injured by these low lifes! However this Post Office is in Boscombe East, not Pokesdown that branch is further up the hill towards Boscombe. This appears to be a common error maybe why the Police supposedly went to the wrong place initially even in this article it is referred to as both!
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: Didnt we hear last year what a wonderful place Pokesdown was,loads of comments on here from local businesses.[/p][/quote]Firstly the most important thing was nobody was injured by these low lifes! However this Post Office is in Boscombe East, not Pokesdown that branch is further up the hill towards Boscombe. This appears to be a common error maybe why the Police supposedly went to the wrong place initially even in this article it is referred to as both! NK1967

5:28pm Sat 11 Jan 14

baylin says...

Its the boscombe east thing that is confusing that part of Christchurch road is nearer to Iford or Pokesdown and lets face it who wants to admit they live in Boscombe.
Its the boscombe east thing that is confusing that part of Christchurch road is nearer to Iford or Pokesdown and lets face it who wants to admit they live in Boscombe. baylin

8:12pm Sat 11 Jan 14

simcal says...

baylin wrote:
Its the boscombe east thing that is confusing that part of Christchurch road is nearer to Iford or Pokesdown and lets face it who wants to admit they live in Boscombe.
I live in Boscombe. Good transport links. Shelley Gardens, the beach, Boscombe Gardens, Sainsburys, Primark, Aldi, Lidl, Wilkinson, Library. Lot's of nice people to chat with and a few scumbags but you will find them everywhere.
[quote][p][bold]baylin[/bold] wrote: Its the boscombe east thing that is confusing that part of Christchurch road is nearer to Iford or Pokesdown and lets face it who wants to admit they live in Boscombe.[/p][/quote]I live in Boscombe. Good transport links. Shelley Gardens, the beach, Boscombe Gardens, Sainsburys, Primark, Aldi, Lidl, Wilkinson, Library. Lot's of nice people to chat with and a few scumbags but you will find them everywhere. simcal

7:58am Sun 12 Jan 14

Lord Spring says...

simcal wrote:
baylin wrote:
Its the boscombe east thing that is confusing that part of Christchurch road is nearer to Iford or Pokesdown and lets face it who wants to admit they live in Boscombe.
I live in Boscombe. Good transport links. Shelley Gardens, the beach, Boscombe Gardens, Sainsburys, Primark, Aldi, Lidl, Wilkinson, Library. Lot's of nice people to chat with and a few scumbags but you will find them everywhere.
Shelley Gardens ! the old site of R.V. Hospital, don't you mean Shelley Park or Grovely Manor
[quote][p][bold]simcal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]baylin[/bold] wrote: Its the boscombe east thing that is confusing that part of Christchurch road is nearer to Iford or Pokesdown and lets face it who wants to admit they live in Boscombe.[/p][/quote]I live in Boscombe. Good transport links. Shelley Gardens, the beach, Boscombe Gardens, Sainsburys, Primark, Aldi, Lidl, Wilkinson, Library. Lot's of nice people to chat with and a few scumbags but you will find them everywhere.[/p][/quote]Shelley Gardens ! the old site of R.V. Hospital, don't you mean Shelley Park or Grovely Manor Lord Spring

11:33am Sun 12 Jan 14

simcal says...

Lord Spring wrote:
simcal wrote:
baylin wrote:
Its the boscombe east thing that is confusing that part of Christchurch road is nearer to Iford or Pokesdown and lets face it who wants to admit they live in Boscombe.
I live in Boscombe. Good transport links. Shelley Gardens, the beach, Boscombe Gardens, Sainsburys, Primark, Aldi, Lidl, Wilkinson, Library. Lot's of nice people to chat with and a few scumbags but you will find them everywhere.
Shelley Gardens ! the old site of R.V. Hospital, don't you mean Shelley Park or Grovely Manor
Get a life!
[quote][p][bold]Lord Spring[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]simcal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]baylin[/bold] wrote: Its the boscombe east thing that is confusing that part of Christchurch road is nearer to Iford or Pokesdown and lets face it who wants to admit they live in Boscombe.[/p][/quote]I live in Boscombe. Good transport links. Shelley Gardens, the beach, Boscombe Gardens, Sainsburys, Primark, Aldi, Lidl, Wilkinson, Library. Lot's of nice people to chat with and a few scumbags but you will find them everywhere.[/p][/quote]Shelley Gardens ! the old site of R.V. Hospital, don't you mean Shelley Park or Grovely Manor[/p][/quote]Get a life! simcal

10:33pm Sun 12 Jan 14

O'Reilly says...

Understated wrote:
i like the couple who work in the post office, they are very lovely people and this makes me angry that some b***ards come along and threaten them, steal money and put them at risk with no regards to anything but themselves.

please catch them and lock them up, they are horrible for being so heartless and selfish, they think they are the only ones with money problems. its no excuse.
I like your sentiments, but, unfortunately, if ever they are caught and appear before Judge Wigg, then I'm sure their Brief will plead some fatuous mitigating circumstances and the old duffer will dispense his usual 'punishment'.
[quote][p][bold]Understated[/bold] wrote: i like the couple who work in the post office, they are very lovely people and this makes me angry that some b***ards come along and threaten them, steal money and put them at risk with no regards to anything but themselves. please catch them and lock them up, they are horrible for being so heartless and selfish, they think they are the only ones with money problems. its no excuse.[/p][/quote]I like your sentiments, but, unfortunately, if ever they are caught and appear before Judge Wigg, then I'm sure their Brief will plead some fatuous mitigating circumstances and the old duffer will dispense his usual 'punishment'. O'Reilly

10:54pm Sun 12 Jan 14

Hambledon Rd PO says...

BIGTONE wrote:
blakieboy7 wrote:
Such a shame that the police stormed the wrong post office first as that gave the thieving swines crucial time to getaway
There is no excuse for that. All premises at risk like this obviously have "holdup" alarm buttons direct to a monitoring station. Once the alarm has been activated it displays the premises Unique Reference Number (URN)
Which identifies it's exact location,type of premises etc.

So something went badly wrong if the Police stormed the wrong premises.
Who was at fault?
Thanks for pointing it out, that is exactly what I want to know.who should response for that.
[quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]blakieboy7[/bold] wrote: Such a shame that the police stormed the wrong post office first as that gave the thieving swines crucial time to getaway[/p][/quote]There is no excuse for that. All premises at risk like this obviously have "holdup" alarm buttons direct to a monitoring station. Once the alarm has been activated it displays the premises Unique Reference Number (URN) Which identifies it's exact location,type of premises etc. So something went badly wrong if the Police stormed the wrong premises. Who was at fault?[/p][/quote]Thanks for pointing it out, that is exactly what I want to know.who should response for that. Hambledon Rd PO

11:05pm Sun 12 Jan 14

LalalaP says...

Over the years most PO's have been robbed, Hurn PO got hit yet again last year. Whether it be in an expensive part of town or a run down part, desperate idiots will take a chance where ever they can. I hope the PO staff are all ok as they are lovely people serving the community. I would like to add that this PO is in fact in Boscombe East, not Boscombe, not Pokesdown, not Iford, it is a sought after area where houses are £260k-£425k, it certainly is not a bad part of town, I should know as I live in this part of town and I know my correct postal address! I just wish people would get their facts right before they go off in a rant! IF the police went to the wrong PO, then I'm sure it would be due to wrong information from the public
Over the years most PO's have been robbed, Hurn PO got hit yet again last year. Whether it be in an expensive part of town or a run down part, desperate idiots will take a chance where ever they can. I hope the PO staff are all ok as they are lovely people serving the community. I would like to add that this PO is in fact in Boscombe East, not Boscombe, not Pokesdown, not Iford, it is a sought after area where houses are £260k-£425k, it certainly is not a bad part of town, I should know as I live in this part of town and I know my correct postal address! I just wish people would get their facts right before they go off in a rant! IF the police went to the wrong PO, then I'm sure it would be due to wrong information from the public LalalaP

12:36pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Eloracep says...

Understated wrote:
i like the couple who work in the post office, they are very lovely people and this makes me angry that some b***ards come along and threaten them, steal money and put them at risk with no regards to anything but themselves.

please catch them and lock them up, they are horrible for being so heartless and selfish, they think they are the only ones with money problems. its no excuse.
I too like the couple who run it, they are always polite, friendly and very helpful. I hope they are able to carry on running the Post Office in the same way. My best wishes to them both.
[quote][p][bold]Understated[/bold] wrote: i like the couple who work in the post office, they are very lovely people and this makes me angry that some b***ards come along and threaten them, steal money and put them at risk with no regards to anything but themselves. please catch them and lock them up, they are horrible for being so heartless and selfish, they think they are the only ones with money problems. its no excuse.[/p][/quote]I too like the couple who run it, they are always polite, friendly and very helpful. I hope they are able to carry on running the Post Office in the same way. My best wishes to them both. Eloracep

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