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Two jailed for Lancaster post office raid

Eoghan McMullen (L) and Michael Carroll (R)
Image caption Eoghan McMullen (L) and Michael Carroll put the staff through a "terrifying ordeal", police said

Two men have been jailed for stealing £21,500 in an armed raid on a Lancaster post office.

Eoghan McMullen, 30, and Michael Carroll, 38, both from Anfield in Liverpool, admitted robbing the shop in Cleveleys Avenue on 1 October.

They threatened staff with a hammer and baton before taking cash, police said.

McMullen was jailed for four years and eight months and Carroll given an indeterminate sentence at Preston Crown Court on Thursday.

He must serve a minimum term of 31 months.

Det Sgt Colin Forsyth, of Lancashire Police, said: "This was clearly a terrifying ordeal for those working in the post office, who found themselves facing the two offenders who were armed with a hammer and a baton.

"This sentence shows that those who commit these kinds of violent crimes will be pursued and put before the courts.

"I'm pleased with the sentences given, which ensure these two dangerous individuals can't impact on the safety of the public for a significant time."

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