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Lower Broughton Post Office closed after raid attack

A Post Office has closed after five masked raiders left its manager fearing for his life.

The Post Office in Mocha Parade, Lower Broughton is currently shut, with local people claiming the manager had resigned over the attack.

The raid on 18 July saw the manager kicked and punched to the floor, a year after two men tried to smash its security screen with a boulder.

A Post Office spokesman said that the shop will reopen.

Local shopkeepers have said the post office, which is shuttered, closed earlier in the month because the manager "had had enough".

"He has handed it back to the post office," said one shop worker, who did not want to be named.

'Community attack'

A Post Office spokesman said: "We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused by the temporary closure of the Lower Broughton Post Office branch."

"We would like to reassure customers we intend to maintain a Post Office service in this area.

"Any robbery or attempted robbery is not only traumatic for those involved but is also an attack on the local community."

The five men forced the back door of the shop, demanded cash off the manager before attacking him stealing his phone and emptying cash from the till.

Det Con Joanna Flynn from Salford division, said: "This was a particularly violent robbery which left the manager fearing for his life."

In June 2013 three men tried to rob the Post Office by trying to smash the security screen with a concrete boulder but they left empty-handed.

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