Shock as masked raiders point gun at Lady Bay postmaster
A POSTMASTER was held up at gunpoint during a robbery in Lady Bay yesterday.
Two masked men pulled up outside the post office in Trent Boulevard in a blacked-out silver Volvo 970 at around 11.05am before going inside and threatening the postmaster with what police believe to be a hand gun.
After grabbing cash the thieves sped off down Lady Bay Road, before one of them was dropped off in Holme Road and ran away through The Hook nature reserve.
He is believed to have been carrying a bag.
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The five-door car, registration number S69 RWE, was then driven down Holme Road and on to Adbolton Grove before being dumped in front of garages in Moore Close, also in Lady Bay.
Notts Police recovered the car within an hour of receiving the initial call, but no arrests were made yesterday.
The force helicopter was used to search the area.
The Lady Bay community said they were shocked by the robbery.
Pat Mulligan, of Trent Boulevard lives next door to the post office.
He said: "I didn't hear a thing and I was in my house working at the time. I was really shocked when I found out what had happened. The people who run the post office are very nice people, and I really do hope they are OK."
Ceshav Jina, 18, had been sorting out bundles of newspapers in B & H News in Trent Boulevard since 4am yesterday morning.
He said: "It seemed to be a typical morning; I saw our regular customers, nothing was unusual. I didn't hear or see anything out of the ordinary, but then a police car came down with its lights on, and then another, and then another.
"It was clear something serious had happened and nothing like that goes on round here."
A man, who lives opposite the post office but did not want to be named said: "I saw police officers getting out of their cars carrying guns, it was frankly terrifying."
The abandoned car was towed away from Moore Close at around 1.30pm.
Detective Chief Inspector Simon Firth said: "We would invite anyone who may have seen the silver Volvo to get in touch.
"People might remember a man walking through the nature reserve carrying a bag; it's the school holidays so a lot of people will be about.
"If anyone saw or knows anything then I urge them to contact us. Crimes like this are very rare for Lady Bay. We don't know at this stage whether the hand gun was real or not."
A cordon remained in place at the post office while a forensic examination was carried out.
The postmaster was being interviewed by the police yesterday and the force said he was unavailable for comment.
Anyone who believes they have information which can help the police with their enquiries should call 101 or call into West Bridgford police station and quote incident numbers 275 or 276 of August 15.
Alternatively, they can call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.