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"This is not a crime-ridden village" - Southrepps in shock after post office manager is knocked out before theft

05 Jul 2016, 15:57

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/crime/this_ ... _1_4602595
A post office manager was attacked and knocked unconscious during a violent robbery in a village near Cromer.

The Post Office in Southrepps which was robbed on Monday morning. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE
Keys stolen from the victim, named locally as Dirck Geary, were used to enter Southrepps Post Office where a large quantity of cash was stolen.

Mr Geary was assaulted at the village hall car park shortly before 8.30am yesterday.

He discovered the keys were missing after regaining consciousness and the police were called to investigate.

The post office was then sealed off as forensic officers moved in to search the premises.

The Post Office in Southrepps which was robbed on Monday morning.

The Post Office in Southrepps which was robbed on Monday morning. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE
A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service said Mr Geary was initially treated at the scene for his injuries.

He added: “The victim was conscious and breathing when we arrived and later taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital where his condition was not thought to be serious or life threatening.”

Former production manager Mr Geary had previously run the post office and a coffee shop in the village with wife Lorraine, before moving into the current premises on the High Street about 18 months ago.

Residents expressed shock and concern at the attack on such a well-known figure locally.

Parish council vice-chairman Vic Purdy said: “It seems that Dirck was assaulted where he parks his car in the morning, so it appears someone must have been watching him. I am astonished this has happened, it is very much out of the ordinary.

“We are lucky to still have a post office in the village and I hope it carries on.”

Tony Osgood, who lives close to post office on Church Street, said: “I have been here since 1996 and it is not something you expect to happen; this is not a crime-ridden village.”

Anyone with information should contact Norfolk Constabulary on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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