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Coffee thwarts Post Office raid
Cup of coffee
Hot coffee was thrown over the raiders
Two armed raiders were foiled in their attempt to rob a Post Office when a pensioner threw a cup of coffee over them.

Michele Baron, 39, who runs the Bodedern Post Office in Anglesey had just had a cup of coffee made for her by her father William Beaton when two masked men ran into the shop.

One of them held a gun to Ms Baron's face and made demands.

But her 71-year-old father was so incensed by the attack that he threw the hot drink over the two before chasing them out of the shop.

Mr Beaton, who had run the Post Office for 22-years until his daughter took over four years ago, was described a hero by Ms Baron.

"It all happened so quickly," said Ms Baron, who has two teenage children.

"Two masked people came in and one put a gun to me, right in my face.

I think we both reacted instinctively to something that was very wrong - it was such an invasion
Michele Baron, Bodedrn Post Office

"My father just reacted by throwing a cup of coffee over them and shouting at them to get out.

"I was so angry at having something pointed at my face that I started shouting as well.

"In the end we managed to push them out of the shop and they ran away down the street.

"I think we both reacted instinctively to something that was very wrong - it was such an invasion.

"Dad was brilliant and so were his reactions.

"He ran after them shouting and yelling and then kept an eye on where they went while I called the police," she said.

This is the first time in the 26-years that this Post Office has been in the family that anything like this has happened
Michele Baron, Bodedrn Post Office

The incident happened at about 1240 GMT on Friday.

"We were just about to close for lunch when it all happened," said Ms Baron.

"I don't think they were expecting the sort of reception they got.

"They probably wanted to rush in and grab anything they could and rush out again.

"This is the first time in the 26-years that this Post Office has been in the family that anything like this has happened.

"All the villagers have been brilliant - they have been coming in all morning and telling us we did the right thing.

"At the time it didn't sink in what was happening, but later on I started thinking about it and realise how scary it was," she added.

Arrests

North Wales Police arrested two people in connection with the attempted robbery shortly after the incident.

"Two people were arrested not long after the incident and taken into custody. No charges have yet been made," said Sergeant John Roberts from the force.

"The actions of Ms Baron and her father were quite commendable but our advice would be not to challenge anyone and to think of your own safety first," he added.




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