Man jailed for attempting to rob post office - Bedfordshire

10/07/2015

The manageress, who was working alone in a village post office, was confronted by two men wearing Halloween masks and brandishing guns, a court has heard.

The weapons were imitation, but the woman could not be sure of that when one was pointed at her and the robber demanded she gave him money. The woman refused and fled out of the back of the shop in Barton le Cley, Bedfordshire, Luton Crown Court was told on Friday, 10 July 2015. Meanwhile the robbers fled empty handed to a waiting car.

Neil King, prosecuting said: "The good people of Barton, going about their daily business, had been observant and came forward with information and the car's registration number."

The vehicle was traced to the partner of Lee Hull, who was unaware her car was being used while she attended an ante natal appointment at hospital.

Hull, aged 32, from MillRoad, Leighton Buzzard, was arrested and bailed, but then fled to the Republic of Ireland, taking his family with him. He returned three months later and gave himself up.

He pleaded guilty to attempted robbery, possessing an imitation firearm with intent and failing to surrender to custody. He was jailed for five years and three months. The attempted robbery was committed at lunchtime on 15 July last year.

Judge Michael Kay QC told Hull: "The manageress was met with a terrifying spetacle of two burly men, wearing masks and carrying firerams. No doubt in shock and trauma she ran for it. Those who serve in small post offices are vulnerable and the courts have to protect them by handing down significant custodial sentences. You did not care at all for the trauma you may cause and there is no remorse shown at all."

Stephen Moore, defending said: "He took his family and the young baby to Ireland to set them up before he was sentenced, then, to his credit, turned himself in. He is keenly aware that a substantial sentence is inevitable."

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