A 79-year-old Sheffield postmaster who fought off two raiders wielding a gun and sledgehammer has hit out at his attackers.
Richard May and his son Peter, age 52, both won police public bravery awards for thier actions in tackling the robbers when they struck at Thorpe House post office in Norton Lees.
Richard said: I was coming back from golf and heard shouting.
“I saw two masked men and my son barricading the door.
“I wasn’t scared, I was angry. I thought why the hell should they come in here and take our livelihood.
“We grappled with two invaders, and caught one of them.
“It just got me mad and they were big chaps, but I managed to hit him a couple of times.”
Richard and Peter, who own the branch, barricaded the two masked men into the shop and managed to hand one of them over to police.
The other was arrested the next day.
Richard’s wife, 82-year-old Hazel, suffered a fractured pelvis when she was pushed to the floor in the raid.
Richard said: “My wife was seriously injured and has been in and out of hospital. She finds it difficut to operate things in the house and it has affected her mentally too.
“They didnt get a penny, nothing except a sore head and jaw.”
Passers-by stepped into help and Mr May said; “I’d just like to thank everyone –they didnt even know us but they came to help.”
Jason Bell and David Layne have both been jailed after admitting their involvement in the raid on Valentine’s Day last year.
Bell, of no fixed address, was jailed for 11 years, while Layne, of Fawcett Street, Netherthorpe, was sent to prison for seven-and-a-half years.
Richard said the family would like to ‘commend the police for their professionalism and their kind and helpful consideration during the long period between the arrest and eventual incarceration of the perpertrators – with particular praise to Det Con Matt Williams’.