Robber takes cash, a car and hundreds of Wallace and Gromit Christmas stamps from Ryton Post Office after tying up shop assistant

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A WOMAN was tied up at a village shop near Rugby during a robbery in which she was threatened with a gun.

The robbery at Ryton on Dunsmore Post Office in Bagshaw Close happened at 11.35am yesterday (Monday). Police were alerted to the incident after the alarm was activated and arrived on the scene to find a female member of staff tied up behind the counter at the post office.

According to police, the robbery is believed to have occurred when a man entered the post office and threatened the member of staff working behind the glass counter with what is believed to be a handgun.

The member of staff opened the gate and the man stole a quantity of cash, 2000 euros and hundreds of first and second class stamps from behind the counter.

The stamps are on A4 sheets and are all very distinctive Christmas Wallace and Gromit design.

The woman was then tied to her hands and feet before the man stole the car keys to a blue Vauxhall Corsa before also stealing the vehicle from outside and driving off.

Officers are asking the public to help identify the male who is described as mixed race, 5’10” tall, stocky build, wide face, in his late 20s - early 30s, with a local accent and a noticeable old deep scar located in the corner of his right eye. He was dressed in black clothing.

Officers are also appealing to anyone who has been offered euros or the distinctive Wallace and Gromit Christmas design stamps in suspicious circumstances since Monday morning.

If you have any information that could assist officers with their enquiries into this robbery, please contact DC 1720 Sarah Clapham on 01926 415000 ext 4172 or DC 1595 Heidi Twynham ext 4158.

Information can also be provided anonymously by calling independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police are checking CCTV and have increased patrols in the area in order to reassure the local community and establish potential witnesses.