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Plucky pensioner fended off armed robbers

A woman has paid tribute to a plucky pensioner who helped to fend off armed gunmen trying to rob a post office.

Manager Birgit Clark said the elderly woman intervened when two masked men tried to rob the store in Alexandra Drive, Berrylands, on September 14. She said the woman, who is a regular customer, shouted at the robbers demanding they leave, eventually helping to scare them off. Mrs Clark said she did not get a look at the two men because she was pistol-whipped on the head from behind, but said with the help of her “bodyguard” recovered in time to stop the pair making off with any cash.

Mrs Clark, originally from Germany, was taken to hospital with minor injuries but said she was back to work the following morning. She said that she has been “overwhelmed” by the kindness and support shown by the people in Berrylands since the attack. She has also received a visit from Kingston and Surbiton MP Edward Davey who visited her to offer his support.

After the robbery, the postmaster, who this week is supporting Children in Need with a Pudsey Bear competition, was described as a popular member of the Berrylands community with shock over what had happened to her. Flying Squad detectives are asking anyone with information about the robbery to call the incident room at Barnes on 020 8247 3940 or crime stoppers 0800 555 111 if you wish to remain anonymous.


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