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Violent raid sparks new police plea.

THE village sub-post office targeted by violent raiders earlier this month was still closed yesterday.

Postmaster Fred Voase and his wife Rosa, both in their 60s, were attacked by two crowbar-wielding thugs who made off with cash in the couple's car.

Yesterday police renewed their appeal for information about the crime as the hunt for the thieves continued.

The men forced their way into the post office in Wylam, Northumberland, through a rear door shortly after 8am on Friday February 10.

Mr Voase sustained a cracked rib and facial bruising, while his wife suffered a bruised back and shock.

Both were released after being treated in hospital. The long-serving couple have declined to speak about the robbery.

The Voases' Ford Mondeo car was found abandoned in nearby Woodcroft Road.

A handwritten "Closed Today" sign has hung on the main post office door since the incident.

Police, who said both raiders were wearing balaclava helmets, described one as being white and about 6ft tall, with brown eyes. Anyone with information is asked to call 101 ext 69191, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 21, 2012
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