Post office armed robber jailed

23/01/2014

A 42-year-old man who attempted to rob a post office in Handsworth has today been sentenced to six years and eight months after he had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to attempted robbery and possessing an imitation firearm

On 29 August 2013, Gurjit Singh and another male, who has not yet been identified, entered a post office on Rookery Road, Handsworth and demanded money from the clerk.

The post office staff immediately activated the panic alarm which resulted in the two robbers leaving the premises empty handed and fleeing the scene in the defendant's father's Audi A4.

The police, assisted by CCTV footage and witness statements, located the getaway car to a property on Friary Road, Handsworth Wood where Singh was arrested by armed police.

Martin Lindop, Sector Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"Armed with an imitation firearm, Gurjit Singh and his companion attempted to rob a post office in broad daylight with customers and members of the public, which included children, present.

"Their actions that day clearly demonstrated that they had little regard for anybody and were solely intent on getting hold of the money from the post office.

"However, due the fast actions of the post office staff in pressing the panic alarm, their plan was foiled and they fled the scene empty handed. 

"Within 40 minutes of the crime being committed, Singh was located at his family home and was arrested. He would later plead guilty to his involvement in the attempted robbery.

"Anybody who uses any form of firearm in the West Midlands, like Singh did, are putting themselves at risk of harm but also innocent members of the public. Those who are caught using such weapons will be robustly dealt with by the criminal justice system."