Monk Fryston: Post office and store in Yorkshire village is raided by robbers who left worker in hospital

A worker has been left injured after a gang of robbers raided a post office and store in a Yorkshire village.

North Yorkshire Police are now investigating the incident at the Monk Fryston Village Stores on the A63 near Selby on Monday afternoon.

Three men wielding hammers attacked staff, who were pushed to the ground inside the family-owned business.

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The gang are believed to have escaped with around £2,000 in cash, according to local sources. One man was said to have suffered an arm injury.

Monl Fryston Post Office and Village StoresMonl Fryston Post Office and Village Stores
Monl Fryston Post Office and Village Stores

Police said: “It was reported at around 4.40pm on Monday 19 February when suspects armed with what were believed to be hammers, entered the store on Main Street, threatened staff and left with an amount of cash.

"Police are carrying out extensive enquiries to trace the suspects and as part of those enquiries, are appealing to anyone who was in the area at the time and saw a white van or its occupants in the vicinity of the post office, to contact them.

"Detectives also want to piece together the van’s movements in the village and are appealing to anyone who has captured a white van on dashcam footage or doorbell video either before, during or after the incident to get in touch.

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"Staff were pushed to ground during the robbery and one was taken to hospital for checks.

"The three suspects involved are described as:

"First suspect: wearing dark clothing and an orange hi-vis vest

"Second suspect: white male, over 6ft tall, of athletic build wearing dark coloured tracksuit bottoms and tracksuit top with light blue jeans underneath, black trainers, a black face covering and black gloves

"Third suspect: male, 5ft 10 in to 5ft 11in of medium build, wearing black, tracksuit bottoms and top, a white t-shirt protruding under the tracksuit top, grey/green face covering, grey trainers and black gloves. He spoke with an Irish accent

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"Anyone with dashcam or doorbell footage or who has any information that could assist the investigation is asked to contact the Force Control Room on 101 and pass information for incident number 12240030920

"If you wish to remain anonymous you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

"Members of the public will see an increased police presence in the area over the coming days as officers carrying out reassurance patrols and carry out further enquiries.”

The former farmhouse has been a shop for over a century, and is currently run by Adrian and Karen Bullock, who also own guest accommodation nearby.