North West Wales

Talysarn post office: Police plea after sledgehammer raid

Talysarn post office
Image caption One man has been arrested and North Wales Police are hunting a second man

Police are investigating after two men armed with hammers stole cash in a village post office robbery in Gwynedd.

The incident happened on Station Road, Talysarn, near Penygroes, at 10:36 BST on Wednesday.

One man has been arrested and police are hunting a second man. A quantity of cash has also been recovered.

North Wales Police appealed for witnesses to call 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Police say the robbers left the scene in a black Vauxhall Corsa, heading towards Penygroes and was later found abandoned in an area known locally as the west end.

"I would like to hear from anyone who was in the vicinity of the post office in the time leading up to the robbery when two men carrying sledgehammers carried out the office and left with a quantity of cash," said Det Chief Insp Andy Roberts.

"I am particularly keen to hear from anyone who saw the vehicle being abandoned in the west end area and the offenders making off on foot," he added.

Scarf over face

A 29-year-old local man arrested a short time after the incident remains in custody.

Officers are searching for the second offender who is described as male and white, wearing some form of headgear and scarf over his face.

A 31-year-old local woman also arrested on Wednesday in connection with the robbery has been released on bail to return to a police station later this month.

DCI Williams added: "Offences of this nature are fortunately rare and although no one was threatened or injured the incident has left staff in the post office shaken and distressed.

"On their behalf I would appeal to any person in the community who has any information to come forward and help us apprehend this person as soon as possible."

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