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Crossbow robbers target post office

Two robbers have held up a post office armed with a crossbow.

CCTV caught the two men - one with the crossbow and another with a knife - pointing the weapon at point blank range towards the sub-postmaster.

The two men targeted the Plymouth shop shortly after it opened for business, and they made off with cash and cigarettes.

The CCTV images released by Devon and Cornwall Police show the two men approaching the front of the shop counter, the taller one aiming the crossbow at the postmaster inches away on the other side.

The pair did not bother wearing masks as they carried out the robbery at the Efford Road Post Office.

One image shows the postmaster's hands raised over the counter in a clear signal that he is unarmed and no threat to them. He holds up a newspaper in confusion.

Another shows the man with the crossbow leaning over the counter to jab the weapon at the postmaster's face while his accomplice appears to punch the helpless man. His accomplice is then seen holding out a white plastic bag over the counter for the sub-postmaster to fill with cash and packets of cigarettes, which spill on to the counter.

A police spokesman said: "The shop owner received a minor injury when the crossbow was thrust in his face. Both men are considered dangerous and were armed at the time of the robbery. They should not be approached by members of the public."

The man with the crossbow was described as wearing a mid-length green jacket with the hood pulled over his head. He also wore blue jeans, red shoes with a white band around the edge and white laces, plus grey gloves.

The other suspect is of medium build, with dark hair and he was wearing a white hoodie top with a full zip at the front. He also wore black gloves, a dark-coloured ski hat with flaps covering the ears, blue jeans and black training shoes with a white stripe. Both are estimated to be aged 20-35.