Brave Welwyn Hatfield post office worker thwarts armed robbery attempt

PUBLISHED: 15:19 21 January 2019 | UPDATED: 15:34 21 January 2019

Police are investigating an attempted armed robbery at a Welwyn Hatfield post office.

Police are investigating an attempted armed robbery at a Welwyn Hatfield post office.


A would-be robber armed with a 10-inch knife demanded money from a Welwyn Hatfield post office worker, but was left startled by the employee’s brave reaction.

The bungling robber was seen loitering around the drinks section of the Oaklands Post Office in Great North Road before going behind the till area.

With a knife in hand, he then demanded money.

But he didn’t bank on the reaction of the employee, who pulled out a hockey stick and scared him away.

The floundering offender was then seen running away up Canonsfield Road empty handed.

Police are now appealing for witnesses to the incident between 6.26pm and 6.28pm on Monday, January 7.

The offender is described as around 5ft 6ins tall, and was wearing a black mask, grey hooded top, dark trousers and black trainers which had white soles.

•Any witnesses or anyone with information should contact DC Kylie Davies on or the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 41/2171/19. You can also report information online at

•Alternatively, you can stay 100% anonymous by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their untraceable online form at

For over 30 years, Crimestoppers has always kept its promise of anonymity to everyone who contacts them.

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