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Lickey post office robber jailed for ten years

Posted on March 24 2011 at 3:15:14

A man who robbed Lickey Hills Post Office with an imitation firearm and threatened a woman in her 80s waiting to collect her pension has been jailed for 10 years.

Anthony Steven Mullen, aged 30, of Tarragon Gardens, Birmingham, appeared before Worcester Crown Court today for sentencing having admitted robbery and possession of an imitation firearm at a hearing last month.

He received 10 years for the robbery and a concurrent term for the firearms offence.

Det Con Nadia Prescott, from Bromsgrove CID, said the robbery took place at Lickey Hills Post Office in Old Birmingham Road on the morning of September 25, 2009, when two men entered with their faces covered.

While his accomplice stayed by the door Mullen, who was brandishing what appeared to be a firearm, told the postmaster that if he didn’t hand over cash he would shoot a customer in her 80s who was waiting to collecting her pension.

Mullen then smashed the post office counter screen and took around £1,100 before driving away from the scene in a car later found by police abandoned at Cofton Hackett.

DC Prescott said that Mullen was linked to the robbery and inquiries showed that he had been arrested later the same day over unconnected matters in Birmingham city centre for which he was serving a prison sentence.

On his release in February last year he was arrested for the post office robbery. Keys to the getaway car were found in his possession and forensic tests on his clothing confirmed the presence of glass from the post office counter.

Following sentencing DC Prescott said: “The robbery led to a dynamic and swift reaction involving Response officers and a thorough investigation by CID officers from North Worcestershire with help from the neighbouring West Midlands force.

“This was a distressing incident for the postmaster and customer involved and shocked the local community.

“Robberies of this nature are fortunately rare in West Mercia but are regarded by us as extremely serious and when they do happen we will use all the resources at our disposal to trace those responsible and bring them to justice.

“The sentence handed down by the court sends out a clear message that such crimes will not be tolerated and hopefully provides some reassurance for people to know that he will be behind bars for a considerable period of time.”

Crown Prosecution Service prosecutor Paul Whitfield added: “The court has given a clear message to those who would use force and firearms upon vulnerable individuals and businesses, which is echoed by the CPS, that they will be prosecuted vigorously and sentenced severely.”

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