Post office gun victim relives terror

Date published: 27 March 2014

A SHOCKED sub-postmaster spoke today of the terrifying few seconds a gun was held to his head by armed robbers.

The Chronicle reported yesterday how Paul Borg (35) was alone in his tiny shop in Huddersfield Road Diggle on Tuesday evening when two men wearing motorcycle helmets came in.

One hit him on the shoulder with the weapon before holding it to his head and threatening to shoot him unless he opened the safe.

“The gunman said he would shoot me in five seconds if I didn’t,” said Paul.

“He held the gun to my head and began to count off the seconds. They were the longest seconds of my life — but I didn’t have time to be scared.

“I was very angry. We are a small shop and don’t carry cash. There was nothing to steal.

“The safe and premises have timers and I told them nothing could be opened — so they just grabbed some coins and made off on a motorbike.”

Paul bought the post office with his business partner Janet Waite in October.

It was business as usual yesterday as villagers offered good wishes and support.

Paul added: “We are definitely not leaving. This is our livelihood and we will be staying here.”

The bike, which had been stolen from Manchester, was later found abandoned at nearby Wharf mill. The raiders remain at large.