Leicester

Police appeal after Leicestershire postmaster abducted from Edwalton

A postmaster was abducted from a street near to his home and driven to his Leicestershire post office by two armed robbers.

The 54-year-old man from Edwalton, Nottinghamshire, was not injured in the kidnapping on 9 February.

The postmaster was driven 17 miles (37.5km) to his post office in Barrow-Upon-Soar and threatened with an imitation firearm.

The two men escaped empty-handed after two policemen on patrol intervened.

'Extremely distressing'

The man was taken from the junction of Melton Road and Village Street in Edwalton by a man with the imitation firearm, which was later recovered at the scene in Barrow-Upon-Soar.

The two abductors attempted to gain entry to the rear of the post office when they were spotted by the two local officers, police said.

The man carrying the imitation firearm was described as white, about 5ft 9in tall, of stocky build and wore a balaclava, black clothing and leather gloves.

The driver of the vehicle was of a slimmer build, about 5ft 6in tall and also wore black clothing.

Det Con Rob Buckley said: "This was an extremely distressing incident for the victim.

"The suspects were last seen heading towards the railway lines on foot and we would ask local people to contact us if they saw two men fitting the description of the suspects running away from the area."

It is believed the Nissan Micra used in the abduction was stolen during a burglary in Syston on 8 February, police said.

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