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He claims bosses' instructions put his family in danger
A postmaster hit with a crowbar and threatened with a gun in a terrifying armed robbery is looking to launch legal proceedings against the Post Office.
Mohammad Ali says the firm's alleged instructions to keep his keys to the post office upstairs, where his wife and children sleep, put his family in danger.
It came after the 52-year-old was woken around 4am on Friday, September 13, to find three men on his landing. They were armed with a gun, a knife from his kitchen and a crowbar.
The burglars' terrifying attack was at the post office in Main Street, Stretton, which is attached to Mr Ali's house, and saw them leave with thousands of pounds.
Now Mr Ali has hit out at Post Office Ltd, claiming he was told the keys to the post office had to be kept upstairs after a previous burglary in 2017.
He believes the burglars only went up upstairs to find the keys, putting his family in danger.
A shot gun was fired, Mr Ali was hit over the head and his family were tied up with duct tape and held hostage in a bedroom.
Mr Ali said: "Last time, when it happened, in 2017, the keys for the post office were kept downstairs and they took the keys.
"They did what they had to do, but the alarm triggered and they never came upstairs.
"They blamed me for keeping the keys downstairs and put the whole of the loss on me, so I am still repaying the loss from my own pocket.
"I was advised to take the keys upstairs and keep them with me. I told them that this was not right as now next time it would be me or my family they will be after.
"That is what happened. They couldn't find the keys downstairs and they came up - and one of us nearly lost our life just to protect the keys.
"They told us to keep the keys upstairs, but I told them in writing that one of us would lose our lives (as a result)."
Mr Ali has previously told how his family has been left traumatised by the armed robbery.
And now he is looking for a charity or someone who can offer him legal support in his fight against the Post Office.
He said: "This happened before and I couldn't speak out. I am looking for anyone who can offer me legal help to go up against the Post Office.
"I just want a charity or anything that could help me. I hope that by me being bold and opening this up I will be able to represent the other people suffering."
Mr Ali's claims were put to the Post Office and a spokesman did not confirm or deny them, saying they could not go into details around security of the firm's buildings.
The spokesman said: "We have been supporting the postmaster for Stretton and his family since the traumatic armed robbery.
"We have offered counselling to the whole family and we are assisting with various practical matters to ensure we provide our full support to the postmaster.
"We have agreed security arrangements and procedures with all of our postmasters and it would be inappropriate to discuss them publically."
Anyone who thinks they can help Mr Ali with legal support is asked to call him on 01283 568354 and 07974 362653.