Men jailed for gunpoint raid on Colsterworth post office

Attempted robbery at Colsterworth Post Office, August 31, 2012.

Attempted robbery at Colsterworth Post Office, August 31, 2012.

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Two masked raiders who held up a post office at gunpoint have been jailed for five years.

Luke French and Jake Webster carried out the attack on the Post Office branch in Colsterworth but were foiled when the postmistress pressed the panic alarm button.

Gordon Aspden, prosecuting, told Lincoln Crown Court that both men wore balaclavas as they entered the post office on August 31, 2012. One of the robbers pointed a replica handgun at the postmaster while the other jumped on the counter but they fled empty handed when the alarm was activated.

The two raiders left the scene in a getaway car which was later found burned out. The gun used in the raid was found discarded nearby.

Tests carried out on the weapon revealed the presence of DNA from both French and Webster and both were later arrested.

French, 25, of Main Road, Quadring, and Webster, 21, of George Street, Grantham, both admitted conspiracy to commit robbery. They were each jailed for five years and four months at Lincoln Crown Court today (Friday).

Recorder Ciaran Rankin described the raid as an organised and planned robbery.