A THUG wielding what police fear was a gun wreaked terror when he held up a post office in Sheffield.
Local residents and business owners near to Parkhead Post Office on Ecclesall Road South, Parkhead, said they were shocked today by the armed robbery so close to home.
A masked man entered the premises just before 11am on Tuesday.
Brandishing a weapon police say looked like a gun, he demanded money from the staff member behind the counter.
Within minutes armed police arrived at the store, which also operates as a newsagent, but the thug had already fled the scene.
Business owners nearby said they had never known anything like the robbery to happen in the area before.
Amy Cooper, manager at nearby Parkhead Cottage Nursery, said: “We didn’t see the actual robbery but we saw all the police outside.
“There were lots of armed police and police dogs outside for quite a long time afterwards.”
She added the incident was ‘out of character’ for the area.
“You just don’t expect to see something like that around here,” she said.
One staff member at Poseurs Beauty Salon said: “We got broken into last year but that was when nobody was here.
“We’ve never had anything like this near here before that I’m aware of.
“We didn’t see anything other than all the police in the street outside afterwards.”
A neighbour close to the post office, who didn’t want to be named, added: “It’s unusual because it’s normally a quiet area.”
A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “This appears to be an isolated incident which is highly unusual for this area of Sheffield.
“I would urge anyone with information to contact us.”
The robber was a white male in his late 20s. He was around 5ft 9ins tall, and wearing a black balaclava, a black jacket and green trousers.
Police said they do not know whether the weapon he was carrying was a real gun or a replica.
Anyone with information is asked to call South Yorkshire Police on 101, quoting incident 314 of March 26, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.