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Last Updated: Thursday, 24 April, 2003, 10:40 GMT 11:40 UK
Raids could close village store
Bernard Johnson
Bernard Johnson's shop has been raided five times
After being robbed five times in a month - once at gunpoint - a village postmaster is considering leaving the job.

Bernard Johnson, who runs Grendon Post Office and Stores in Northamptonshire, said the break-ins were taking too much of a toll.

In the last incident on Sunday - the third raid in as many weeks - more than 1,000 worth of goods was stolen.

He said the decision to go would not be easy.

"It will be a tremendous loss to to any village and it always is a tremendous loss to any village if it is threatened with the loss of its shop and post office," he said.

"It an essential to a village which, through no fault of mine or no fault of theirs, may be lost."

Grendon Post Office
The front door is boarded up again
With the front door of his shop boarded up again, Mr Johnson said he had tried to get toughened glass on the shopfront to deter raiders.

But no glass could stand being hit repeatedly, he added.

In one incident intruders used a concrete block to hit a window 11 or 12 times to get in.

He admitted there was little more police could do with limited resources and a quiet location.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the latest attack .




SEE ALSO:
Vicar rescues village post office
31 Mar 03  |  England
Cash for 'post offices in pubs'
13 Aug 02  |  England



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