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PO reward to catchgangin gun robbery.

Byline: HAYLEY CUTHBERTSON

THE Post Office is to offer a substantial reward to help catch gunmen who stole thousands of pounds when they ambushed a cash delivery to a Coventry post office on Saturday.

The reward comes as detectives have revealed they are linking the armed gang to a violent carjacking in Birmingham, two days before the Coventry robbery.

It is believed the gang tried to strike at the King Edward Road post office in Hillfields at 10.15am that day, but the robbers were foiled and returned to Keresley post office, Keresley Road, just before midday as security guards were delivering cash to the post office.

A gunman dragged one of the guards out of the post office, holding a gun to his head.

He demanded cash from the van and then fled in a stolen red Seat Leon car with a waiting accomplice.

The car, number Y879 GDU, was stolen from Shirley, Birmingham, on November 13.

The security guard rammed it as the robbers sped off, and the car hit a number of parked vehicles as it escaped up Tamworth Road towards Corley.

Det Sgt Paul Hammond, from the robbery squad at Stoney Stanton Road police, revealed the same stolen car was used by carjackers who stole a pounds 65,000 Porsche 911 two days before the Coventry robbery, on November 21.

They struck after the 31-year-old victim parked the black Porsche, which was only a few weeks old, in School Lane, Hockley Heath.

As he got out of the car, three hooded men approached him and held a gun to his head.

Another threatened him with a claw hammer and the victim handed over the keys to the vehicle, registration number BV52 VOB.

Police said the three men had got out of a red Seat Leon, which was being driven by another man, just before the robbery. The red car then followed as the robbers sped away with the Porsche, which is still missing.

Det Sgt Hammond says it is vital police trace the red Seat Leon, which is now believed to be badly damaged.

He said the response to an appeal for help after the post office robbery had been very good, but is urging anyone with other information about the gang to come forward.

He added: "The security guard was not injured but suffered a terrifying ordeal.

"The Seat Leon was badly damaged and may have been dumped somewhere, and we would appeal to anyone who knows where it is to contact us.

"We need to catch this gang before anything else happens and need the public's help to trace them."
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Nov 29, 2002
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