Haverhill Echo ten years ago

Echo, December 15, 2005

POST OFFICE STAFF ROBBED AT GUNPOINT

Gun-wielding robbers burst into Thurlow Post Office only to be confronted by a man with a ceremonial sword.

Two men wearing balaclavas had told one female member of staff to lie on the floor, while ordering another one to hand over the money.

But their raid was interrupted by a man, believed to be the owner Monty Banks, who confronted them with a ceremonial sword.

A struggle started and the gun was fired into the air and the man with the sword was hit on the head with the butt of the gun.

The robbers escaped in a stolen car which was later found abandoned between the A143 and Little Thurlow.

PLANS TO RESTORE NO-CAR ZONE IMMINENT

Haverhill’s Queen Street looked like it would once again become a car-free area, possibly by the end of December.

Suffolk County Council was in talks with Haverhill Town Council and local businesses about setting a date for returning Queen Street to a no-car zone, several years after the original traffic order was revoked.