UPDATED 3pm: Armed robbers set fire to getaway car after attempted raid on Colsterworth Post Office

Dr Leon Roberts of the East Midlands Immediate Care Scheme took this photo of the getaway car used by two men who attempted to rob Colsterworth Post Office. The men set the car on fire before driving off in a second vehicle
Dr Leon Roberts of the East Midlands Immediate Care Scheme took this photo of the getaway car used by two men who attempted to rob Colsterworth Post Office. The men set the car on fire before driving off in a second vehicle
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TWO men ran off empty handed after attempting to raid a post office and threatening staff with a pistol.

The men went into Colsterworth Post Office in Bourne Road just before 10am this morning (Friday) and pointed what police believe to have been a starter pistol at staff.

Police outside Colsterworth Post Office after an attempted robbery

Police outside Colsterworth Post Office after an attempted robbery

Staff did not hand over any money or valuables and the robbers left the store and drove off in the direction of North Witham.

Police believe they then swapped vehicles, setting fire to one and driving away in the other.

Volunteer emergency doctor Leon Roberts, of the East Midlands Immediate Care Scheme, lives in Colsterworth and noticed the car fire. He rushed to the scene to close the road off until emergency services arrived.

Dr Roberts was then asked to go to the post office to check on the condition of the staff. He said: “I spoke to one customer and one member of staff. They were very anxious and upset but I was able to reassure them.”

The robbers are described as being in their early 20s, wearing dark clothing with dark collar length hair.

One was about 6ft and quite slim, while the other was slightly shorter and of heavier build.

Officers have recovered the pistol used in the attempted raid, which will be subject to forensic examination.

A police spokesman said: “This was a very shocking incident for staff involved and police are keen to speak to anyone with any information relating to the incident.

“Police are seeking anyone who was in the area at the time or on the roads between Colsterworth and North Witham.

“Police would also like anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area days or weeks before the incident to come forward as police believe the males may have visited the area before.”

Witnesses should call police on the 101 non-emergency number.