VIDEO: Sheffield father and son win bravery award after fighting off two armed robbers

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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 and Hazel May of Sheffield, owners of Thorpe Post Office who were brutally attacked and fought back during an armed robbery at their postoffice. See rossparry copy RPYROBBERS: Two gun-wielding thugs broke an 82-year-old woman's pelvis in a horror raid at their Post Office before launching a violent attacked her husband and son. Jason Bell and David Layne, armed with a gun and sledgehammer, raided the store just as the family were about to close and pushed Hazel May, 82, to the floor breaking her pelvis. The pair then launched an attack on her husband Richard, 79, and postmaster son Peter, 52, and subjected them to "considerable violence." During the raid members of the public gathered outside and held the door so the robbers couldn't escape, a court heard. Bell was jailed for 11 years and Layne for seven-and-a-half years at Sheffield Crown Court, South Yorks.''Tom Maddick / Rossparry.co.uk

Richard and Hazel May of Sheffield, owners of Thorpe Post Office who were brutally attacked and fought back during an armed robbery at their postoffice. See rossparry copy RPYROBBERS: Two gun-wielding thugs broke an 82-year-old woman's pelvis in a horror raid at their Post Office before launching a violent attacked her husband and son. Jason Bell and David Layne, armed with a gun and sledgehammer, raided the store just as the family were about to close and pushed Hazel May, 82, to the floor breaking her pelvis. The pair then launched an attack on her husband Richard, 79, and postmaster son Peter, 52, and subjected them to "considerable violence." During the raid members of the public gathered outside and held the door so the robbers couldn't escape, a court heard. Bell was jailed for 11 years and Layne for seven-and-a-half years at Sheffield Crown Court, South Yorks.''Tom Maddick / Rossparry.co.uk

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.

The post office owned by Richard and Hazel May. See rossparry copy RPYROBBERS: Two gun-wielding thugs broke an 82-year-old woman's pelvis in a horror raid at their Post Office before launching a violent attacked her husband and son. Jason Bell and David Layne, armed with a gun and sledgehammer, raided the store just as the family were about to close and pushed Hazel May, 82, to the floor breaking her pelvis. The pair then launched an attack on her husband Richard, 79, and postmaster son Peter, 52, and subjected them to "considerable violence." During the raid members of the public gathered outside and held the door so the robbers couldn't escape, a court heard. Bell was jailed for 11 years and Layne for seven-and-a-half years at Sheffield Crown Court, South Yorks.''Tom Maddick / Rossparry.co.uk

The post office owned by Richard and Hazel May. See rossparry copy RPYROBBERS: Two gun-wielding thugs broke an 82-year-old woman's pelvis in a horror raid at their Post Office before launching a violent attacked her husband and son. Jason Bell and David Layne, armed with a gun and sledgehammer, raided the store just as the family were about to close and pushed Hazel May, 82, to the floor breaking her pelvis. The pair then launched an attack on her husband Richard, 79, and postmaster son Peter, 52, and subjected them to "considerable violence." During the raid members of the public gathered outside and held the door so the robbers couldn't escape, a court heard. Bell was jailed for 11 years and Layne for seven-and-a-half years at Sheffield Crown Court, South Yorks.''Tom Maddick / Rossparry.co.uk

“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 May with his bravery award given to him by South Yorkshire police for fighting back and apprehending one of the armed robbers who entered his Post Office. See rossparry copy RPYROBBERS: Two gun-wielding thugs broke an 82-year-old woman's pelvis in a horror raid at their Post Office before launching a violent attacked her husband and son. Jason Bell and David Layne, armed with a gun and sledgehammer, raided the store just as the family were about to close and pushed Hazel May, 82, to the floor breaking her pelvis. The pair then launched an attack on her husband Richard, 79, and postmaster son Peter, 52, and subjected them to "considerable violence." During the raid members of the public gathered outside and held the door so the robbers couldn't escape, a court heard. Bell was jailed for 11 years and Layne for seven-and-a-half years at Sheffield Crown Court, South Yorks.''Tom Maddick / Rossparry.co.uk

Richard May with his bravery award given to him by South Yorkshire police for fighting back and apprehending one of the armed robbers who entered his Post Office. See rossparry copy RPYROBBERS: Two gun-wielding thugs broke an 82-year-old woman's pelvis in a horror raid at their Post Office before launching a violent attacked her husband and son. Jason Bell and David Layne, armed with a gun and sledgehammer, raided the store just as the family were about to close and pushed Hazel May, 82, to the floor breaking her pelvis. The pair then launched an attack on her husband Richard, 79, and postmaster son Peter, 52, and subjected them to "considerable violence." During the raid members of the public gathered outside and held the door so the robbers couldn't escape, a court heard. Bell was jailed for 11 years and Layne for seven-and-a-half years at Sheffield Crown Court, South Yorks.''Tom Maddick / Rossparry.co.uk

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.

Richard May with his bravery award given to him by South Yorkshire police for fighting back and apprehending one of the armed robbers who entered his Post Office. See rossparry copy RPYROBBERS: Two gun-wielding thugs broke an 82-year-old woman's pelvis in a horror raid at their Post Office before launching a violent attacked her husband and son. Jason Bell and David Layne, armed with a gun and sledgehammer, raided the store just as the family were about to close and pushed Hazel May, 82, to the floor breaking her pelvis. The pair then launched an attack on her husband Richard, 79, and postmaster son Peter, 52, and subjected them to "considerable violence." During the raid members of the public gathered outside and held the door so the robbers couldn't escape, a court heard. Bell was jailed for 11 years and Layne for seven-and-a-half years at Sheffield Crown Court, South Yorks.''Tom Maddick / Rossparry.co.uk

Richard May with his bravery award given to him by South Yorkshire police for fighting back and apprehending one of the armed robbers who entered his Post Office. See rossparry copy RPYROBBERS: Two gun-wielding thugs broke an 82-year-old woman's pelvis in a horror raid at their Post Office before launching a violent attacked her husband and son. Jason Bell and David Layne, armed with a gun and sledgehammer, raided the store just as the family were about to close and pushed Hazel May, 82, to the floor breaking her pelvis. The pair then launched an attack on her husband Richard, 79, and postmaster son Peter, 52, and subjected them to "considerable violence." During the raid members of the public gathered outside and held the door so the robbers couldn't escape, a court heard. Bell was jailed for 11 years and Layne for seven-and-a-half years at Sheffield Crown Court, South Yorks.''Tom Maddick / Rossparry.co.uk

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’.