Blackpool post office raided by couple wielding meat cleaver

A couple wielding a meat cleaver raided a post office in Dickson Road this morning.

Friday, 16th November 2018, 9:56 am
Updated Friday, 16th November 2018, 12:19 pm

The post office, inside the Spar store in Dickson Road, near the Promenade, was targeted shortly before 7am, minutes after staff had opened the store.

A woman entered the store armed with a meat cleaver and ordered staff to hand over money from a till, whilst the man blocked the entrance to the shop.

The thieves then fled from the shop in the direction of The Gynn pub.

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An eyewitness reported seeing the couple flee down the ginnel at the rear of the store, where he saw them throw the meat cleaver over a fence into a neighbouring yard.

The eyewitness, who asked not to be named, said the robbery resembled a scene from outlaw movie "Bonnie and Clyde".

He said: "I saw the woman sitting on a wall at the rear of the shop and then the man came over and they hugged each other. They then walked towards the Spar and then just minutes later I saw them running back down the ginnel with their faces covered with hoods and scarves.

"I saw the man throw the weapon over a back yard fence. It looked like a machete.

"Then two men from the shop came running down the alley after them."

Police recovered a meat cleaver with an 8 inch blade in the rear yard of a property on Dickson Road shortly after.

A police spokesman said: "We were called around 7am today (Friday, November 16) following reports of a robbery at the Spar store in Dickson Road, Blackpool.

"A man and woman are believed to have entered the store and stolen cash before making off from the scene.

"No-one was injured and no arrests have been made.

"Enquiries are on-going."

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting log 0239 of November 16.