POLICE have launched an investigation after Trefonen post office was raided and the postmaster assaulted last Monday morning.
A male intruder stole an unknown quantity of cash during the break-in at the premises on Bellan Lane which happened at around 7.30am and saw the post office owner, named locally as Peter Sayles, suffering a minor cut to the head.
Mr Sayles, who is thought to have been preparing the daily newspapers at the time of the attack, was said to be ‘shook-up’ following the incident, but was otherwise unhurt and assisting officers with their inquiries.
Launching an appeal for witnesses, West Mercia Police said the offender had gained entry by forcing a door and left on foot, although a vehicle may have been parked nearby.
“We urge anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area at that time to contact Oswestry Police Station on 101, or the anonymous Crimestoppers charity number on 0800 555 111.
Parish councillor Tony Cheetham said the incident was “a shock for the whole community”, but added residents would rally round both Mr Sayles and his family.
“I feel very sorry for him being confronted by intruders,” said Cllr Cheetham. “It is not pleasant at all.”