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Masked 'gunman' targets Blackburn post office

Lancashire Telegraph: Masked 'gunman' targets Blackburn post office Masked 'gunman' targets Blackburn post office

A MASKED gunman burst into a post office and threatened the lone worker with what she believed was a shotgun.

The would-be robber walked into Furthergate post office in Cherry Street, Blackburn at 11.40am yesterday and ordered the counter clerk to give him ‘everything’.

But the brave clerk refused and pressed a panic button to alert police.

As the siren sounded, the man tried to escape but was chased by a customer who stopped him. 

The 32-year-old worker, who returned to work less than three hours after the incident, was praised by police for her bravery and quick-thinking.

Detectives said the ‘gun’ turned out to be made from cardboard but the victim didn’t know that at the time.

The Blackburn mother, who gave her name only as Shazia, said: “I just stayed really calm. I don’t know what I was thinking really.

“I think I was just in shock.

“I have worked here for eight years and nothing like this has ever happened before.

“You never think it will happen to you and when it did I just wasn’t sure how to react.

“He pointed the gun at me and gave me a plastic bag and said ‘give me everything’. I didn’t hand over anything. I just pressed the panic button and he ran off. The sound must have frightened him I think.

“A customer saw him running away and said to me, ‘are you ok?’. When I said I was, he chased after him and caught him.”

Shazia said the man was holding what looked like a shotgun underneath a black sheet of plastic and that he pointed it right at her.

He had a scarf pulled up over his face and was wearing black tinted sunglasses, a sky-blue hoodie and a cap.

The brave worker closed the shop while she spoke to the police but by 2pm, she returned to work as normal.

Detective Constable Andy Bleasdale, from Blackburn CID, said: “We were called to Cherry Street at 11.40am.

“The man had entered the post office, brandishing what was thought to be a gun and made a demand for money.

“Shazia did really well and acted very bravely, considering that she thought it was a gun.

“The firearm actually turned out to have been made by the offender himself out of cardboard and he held it in a way that made it look like a shotgun in a bag.

“A member of the public also acted with bravery by chasing the man and detaining him until we arrived at the scene.”

((BLOB)) A 39-year-old man from Blackburn has been arrested in connection with the incident and was being interviewed last night.

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7:57am Sat 22 Mar 14

Steven Seagull says...

That'll be another rat off the street for let's say Oooooh probably all of 18 months!
That'll be another rat off the street for let's say Oooooh probably all of 18 months! Steven Seagull
  • Score: 23

8:27am Sat 22 Mar 14

HarryBosch says...

Steven Seagull wrote:
That'll be another rat off the street for let's say Oooooh probably all of 18 months!
That's if he doesn't come up before 'Let 'em off Lunt'! Then he won't even get that muggers. But we'll done to the teller and especially to the customer on performing the citizens arrest. Very brave people both of them.
[quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: That'll be another rat off the street for let's say Oooooh probably all of 18 months![/p][/quote]That's if he doesn't come up before 'Let 'em off Lunt'! Then he won't even get that muggers. But we'll done to the teller and especially to the customer on performing the citizens arrest. Very brave people both of them. HarryBosch
  • Score: 26

9:12am Sat 22 Mar 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

QUOTE:
But the brave clerk refused and pressed a panic button to alert police.

The last time I used a lift I pressed a button, am I brave. :-)
QUOTE: But the brave clerk refused and pressed a panic button to alert police. The last time I used a lift I pressed a button, am I brave. :-) 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: -40

9:39am Sat 22 Mar 14

bubble of reason says...

((BLOB)) A 39-year-old man from Blackburn has been arrested in connection with the incident and was being interviewed last night.
Easy to Identify...... Can't be that many Blobs in Blackburn.......?
((BLOB)) A 39-year-old man from Blackburn has been arrested in connection with the incident and was being interviewed last night. Easy to Identify...... Can't be that many Blobs in Blackburn.......? bubble of reason
  • Score: 11

10:03am Sat 22 Mar 14

yyy's1 says...

That's a worry now for the customer who made the citizen's arrest, he will probably be charged with assault.
That's a worry now for the customer who made the citizen's arrest, he will probably be charged with assault. yyy's1
  • Score: 10

10:08am Sat 22 Mar 14

adamdesk says...

Well he had no intention to kill but just demand cash
why did the customer risked his life
Well he had no intention to kill but just demand cash why did the customer risked his life adamdesk
  • Score: -24

10:54am Sat 22 Mar 14

sen c b l says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
QUOTE:
But the brave clerk refused and pressed a panic button to alert police.

The last time I used a lift I pressed a button, am I brave. :-)
Ha ha ha .

You funny 4k!
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: QUOTE: But the brave clerk refused and pressed a panic button to alert police. The last time I used a lift I pressed a button, am I brave. :-)[/p][/quote]Ha ha ha . You funny 4k! sen c b l
  • Score: -8

11:08am Sat 22 Mar 14

adamdesk says...

adamdesk wrote:
Well he had no intention to kill but just demand cash
why did the customer risked his life
did he customer knew he had fake gun?????????/
[quote][p][bold]adamdesk[/bold] wrote: Well he had no intention to kill but just demand cash why did the customer risked his life[/p][/quote]did he customer knew he had fake gun?????????/ adamdesk
  • Score: -11

1:53pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Steven Seagull says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
QUOTE:
But the brave clerk refused and pressed a panic button to alert police.

The last time I used a lift I pressed a button, am I brave. :-)
You'd probably soil yourself, or maybe just add to the existing soiled matter that you usually carry around in your brown slacks, if somebody threatened you with What you thought was a shotgun.
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: QUOTE: But the brave clerk refused and pressed a panic button to alert police. The last time I used a lift I pressed a button, am I brave. :-)[/p][/quote]You'd probably soil yourself, or maybe just add to the existing soiled matter that you usually carry around in your brown slacks, if somebody threatened you with What you thought was a shotgun. Steven Seagull
  • Score: 13

1:57pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Steven Seagull says...

HarryBosch wrote:
Steven Seagull wrote:
That'll be another rat off the street for let's say Oooooh probably all of 18 months!
That's if he doesn't come up before 'Let 'em off Lunt'! Then he won't even get that muggers. But we'll done to the teller and especially to the customer on performing the citizens arrest. Very brave people both of them.
Absolutely, it's good to see that people are still prepared to step in and do their bit.

However under the same circumstances I reckon 2 for 5p would probably have cowered behind a wheelie bin and soiled himself.
[quote][p][bold]HarryBosch[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: That'll be another rat off the street for let's say Oooooh probably all of 18 months![/p][/quote]That's if he doesn't come up before 'Let 'em off Lunt'! Then he won't even get that muggers. But we'll done to the teller and especially to the customer on performing the citizens arrest. Very brave people both of them.[/p][/quote]Absolutely, it's good to see that people are still prepared to step in and do their bit. However under the same circumstances I reckon 2 for 5p would probably have cowered behind a wheelie bin and soiled himself. Steven Seagull
  • Score: 10

2:00pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Steven Seagull says...

yyy's1 wrote:
That's a worry now for the customer who made the citizen's arrest, he will probably be charged with assault.
Go on then, tell us all why this bloke will probably be charged with assault when he has detained somebody for committing an attempted robbery?

What's your rationale behind your claim?
[quote][p][bold]yyy's1[/bold] wrote: That's a worry now for the customer who made the citizen's arrest, he will probably be charged with assault.[/p][/quote]Go on then, tell us all why this bloke will probably be charged with assault when he has detained somebody for committing an attempted robbery? What's your rationale behind your claim? Steven Seagull
  • Score: 4

2:03pm Sat 22 Mar 14

vicn1956 says...

And if it was a real gun and he lost his life?
Then his relatives would be outside court demanding justice not a weak sentence!
And he'd be..................
................dead
!
And if it was a real gun and he lost his life? Then his relatives would be outside court demanding justice not a weak sentence! And he'd be.................. ................dead ! vicn1956
  • Score: 3

2:10pm Sat 22 Mar 14

HelmshoreMan2010 says...

If the police are going to send out the wrong message I will send out the right one:

It's just money, it's not worth your life! If you think someone has a shotgun here's a good tip, run the OTHER way!

Shopkeeper = brave
Customer = stupidity
If the police are going to send out the wrong message I will send out the right one: It's just money, it's not worth your life! If you think someone has a shotgun here's a good tip, run the OTHER way! Shopkeeper = brave Customer = stupidity HelmshoreMan2010
  • Score: 1

3:14pm Sat 22 Mar 14

izzitbecaseeamblack says...

Waz he white or Asian
I fink he waz white innit
Waz he white or Asian I fink he waz white innit izzitbecaseeamblack
  • Score: -6

4:52pm Sat 22 Mar 14

ikap22 says...

izzitbecaseeamblack wrote:
Waz he white or Asian
I fink he waz white innit
What difference does it make if the scum was black white or blue. You racist osser!!!
[quote][p][bold]izzitbecaseeamblack[/bold] wrote: Waz he white or Asian I fink he waz white innit[/p][/quote]What difference does it make if the scum was black white or blue. You racist osser!!! ikap22
  • Score: 6

5:08pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Azul de madrid says...

Headline. Masked Gun. Truth he had a piece of cardboard! Not great journalism !
Headline. Masked Gun. Truth he had a piece of cardboard! Not great journalism ! Azul de madrid
  • Score: -4

8:03pm Sat 22 Mar 14

fannystrim says...

we obviously need more police presence and the street and if i was prime minister i would be letting them walk around with guns
this country is in a mess and it needs sorting pronto!!!!!!!
we obviously need more police presence and the street and if i was prime minister i would be letting them walk around with guns this country is in a mess and it needs sorting pronto!!!!!!! fannystrim
  • Score: 1

9:01pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Anal Revenge says...

fannystrim says...
we obviously need more police presence and the street and if i was prime minister i would be letting them walk around with guns
this country is in a mess and it needs sorting pronto!!!!!!!

Police with guns great, thats what we need, they cause enough damage with tazers and good old police brutality. I think you underestimate the mentality of the average policeman.

Here look at a policeman with a gun :
http://www.telegraph
.co.uk/news/uknews/c
rime/7882519/Raoul-M
oat-in-stand-off-wit
h-police-holding-gun
-to-his-head.html

I think the solution actually lies in appropriate sentences, the sentence should act as a real deterent not a brief vacation spent counting down the hours on a playstation.
fannystrim says... we obviously need more police presence and the street and if i was prime minister i would be letting them walk around with guns this country is in a mess and it needs sorting pronto!!!!!!! Police with guns great, thats what we need, they cause enough damage with tazers and good old police brutality. I think you underestimate the mentality of the average policeman. Here look at a policeman with a gun : http://www.telegraph .co.uk/news/uknews/c rime/7882519/Raoul-M oat-in-stand-off-wit h-police-holding-gun -to-his-head.html I think the solution actually lies in appropriate sentences, the sentence should act as a real deterent not a brief vacation spent counting down the hours on a playstation. Anal Revenge
  • Score: 1

1:58am Sun 23 Mar 14

Manuel Hung says...

Anal Revenge wrote:
fannystrim says...
we obviously need more police presence and the street and if i was prime minister i would be letting them walk around with guns
this country is in a mess and it needs sorting pronto!!!!!!!

Police with guns great, thats what we need, they cause enough damage with tazers and good old police brutality. I think you underestimate the mentality of the average policeman.

Here look at a policeman with a gun :
http://www.telegraph

.co.uk/news/uknews/c

rime/7882519/Raoul-M

oat-in-stand-off-wit

h-police-holding-gun

-to-his-head.html

I think the solution actually lies in appropriate sentences, the sentence should act as a real deterent not a brief vacation spent counting down the hours on a playstation.
Firstly, there is a 'quote' button if you want to replicate someone's comments. You don't have to type it all again.

Secondly, if you think the Police in this Country are so violent and trigger happy why not spend a few days in Egypt, Syria, Lybia, France, Spain or U.S.A.? Then come back and tell me you are ill treated in this country.

Finally, I do agree with your last comment. We need to be more realistic with our sentencing. Life should mean a life behind bars until you die unless we can convince a Judge to kill you before hand.
[quote][p][bold]Anal Revenge[/bold] wrote: fannystrim says... we obviously need more police presence and the street and if i was prime minister i would be letting them walk around with guns this country is in a mess and it needs sorting pronto!!!!!!! Police with guns great, thats what we need, they cause enough damage with tazers and good old police brutality. I think you underestimate the mentality of the average policeman. Here look at a policeman with a gun : http://www.telegraph .co.uk/news/uknews/c rime/7882519/Raoul-M oat-in-stand-off-wit h-police-holding-gun -to-his-head.html I think the solution actually lies in appropriate sentences, the sentence should act as a real deterent not a brief vacation spent counting down the hours on a playstation.[/p][/quote]Firstly, there is a 'quote' button if you want to replicate someone's comments. You don't have to type it all again. Secondly, if you think the Police in this Country are so violent and trigger happy why not spend a few days in Egypt, Syria, Lybia, France, Spain or U.S.A.? Then come back and tell me you are ill treated in this country. Finally, I do agree with your last comment. We need to be more realistic with our sentencing. Life should mean a life behind bars until you die unless we can convince a Judge to kill you before hand. Manuel Hung
  • Score: 0

11:16am Sun 23 Mar 14

Bluelizzy says...

White guy robs a post office, comments invited.
Gang of asian men jailed for fraud running into hundreds of thousands, comments banned.
Let sets a pattern, and it is one of racism.
White guy robs a post office, comments invited. Gang of asian men jailed for fraud running into hundreds of thousands, comments banned. Let sets a pattern, and it is one of racism. Bluelizzy
  • Score: 1

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