Sussex

Gun found after Hove post office raid

Hove post office robbery CCTV
Image caption Two women in the post office were treated for shock after Friday's robbery

A gun believed to have been used in a robbery at a post office in which staff handed over more than £1,000 has been recovered by Sussex Police.

Friday's raid at Melville Road Post Office in Hove is the third robbery at the premises and detectives believe the same man may be responsible.

A woman staff member was threatened with a gun in the latest raid. Two women were treated for shock.

The post office was also targeted on 23 September and 4 October.

Det Insp Lee Horner of Sussex Police said it was not a "victimless crime" and the robberies were "naturally causing them huge distress".

The robber, who was wearing a balaclava, made off on Friday in a black Ford Mondeo with a white bonnet, registration P170 KVP.

The car was abandoned in Norfolk Road, Brighton and the man ran off along Western Road.

Image caption The Ford Mondeo was abandoned in Norfolk Road, Brighton, shortly after the raid

CCTV images of the raid and a picture of the car have been released in an appeal for information.

"I am convinced that somebody close to him knows who this suspect is," said Mr Horner.

"I urge them to come forward and give us the information so we can put a stop to this man's spree of offending before somebody is hurt."

The offender was wearing tracksuit bottoms with three white stripes down the side and a dark top with a light-coloured patch/emblem on the upper left arm.

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