Detectives release information about who they want to trace after armed robbery at Derbyshire post office

Post Office armed robbery in Cromford.
Post Office armed robbery in Cromford.

Detectives investigating an armed robbery at a post office in Cromford have released details of men they want to trace.

Two men threatened staff with what was believed to be a handgun during the robbery at Cromford Post Office, on Scarthin, at about 5.15pm on Wednesday.

The pair, who were wearing masks, then made off with a substantial amount of cash.

Police have been carrying out extra patrols in the area and are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.

They are particularly keen to talk to anyone who saw two men walking around the Scarthin, Water Lane and Cromford Hill area on the afternoon of the offence.

The men were both white, aged in their late teens or early 20s, of medium build and about 5ft 9in in height. One was wearing a black beanie hat while the second was wearing a grey hooded top or coat. One of the men may also have been carrying a bag either on his back or on his shoulder.

Detective Inspector Shaun McElheron, who is leading the investigation, said: “The staff in the post office were not hurt but they have been left traumatised by the robbery.

“It has had a huge impact on the community in Cromford and we have been carrying out extra patrols to reassure people.

“I would urge anyone who might have seen any suspicious characters in the town to come forward and tell us what they know, no matter how insignificant it may seem.”

Anyone with information should call Derbyshire police on 101, quoting crime reference 51259/14, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.