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pounds 10,000 to catch raiders; Cash reward for information on armed post office thugs.

Byline: PAUL TULLY

POST OFFICE chiefs have put up a pounds 10,000 reward to bring to justice two armed robbers who beat an elderly postmaster and his wife.

A major police manhunt has so far failed to snare the masked thugs who forced their way into Wylam sub post office in the Tyne Valley early on the morning of February 10.

They attacked Fred Voase and his wife Rose with crowbars before making off with a large cash haul in the couple's car.

The Ford Mondeo was found abandoned soon after in a nearby street in the quiet village.

Mr and Mrs Voase were treated in hospital and released. They have made a slow recovery since at their home on the premises in Laburnum Terrace, and next week will re-open the post office on reduced hours.

Post Office spokeswoman Morag Turnbull said: "This was clearly a shocking incident and Post Office Ltd is offering its full support to all those involved.

"The people who run our Post Office branches provide important services to local communities.

"Any robbery or attempted robbery is not only traumatic for those involved, but is also an attack on the local community."

Mr Voase, who suffered a cracked rib and bruising in the attack, said: "We are backing the Post Office's initiative in offering this reward, and hope it helps to bring the culprits to justice.

"We are slowly getting better though it has taken time. It was a nasty experience for us both, but hopefully the reward offer will bring out more information."

One robber is described as 6ft tall, with brown eyes and mousy eyebrows. He was wearing a dark blue nylon jacket, similar to a shell-suit, black tracksuit bottoms and dark trainers, and spoke with a local accent.

The second man is white, about 5ft 6in and was stockilybuilt.

He was wearing a baggy sports-type shell-suit jacket and pants with ties on the bottom.

Information to 101 ext 69191, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Mar 1, 2012
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