Duo jailed after robbery

Two men who plotted to rob Hopton Post Office have each been jailed for eight years.

Adam Fairbrass, 29, formerly living in Walsham-le-Willows and now of Queens Way, Ipswich, and Trevor Summers, 28, of South Ockenden, Essex, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit armed robbery and were sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court on Wednesday.

The robbery happened on July 28, 2010, and police were called to reports that a man had gone into the post office with a hand gun and knife and threatened staff.

Witnesses saw a man get into a dark-coloured people carrier. Police issued CCTV images from the post office and carried out anniversary checks and both men were arrested.

Senior investigating officer, Superintendent Louisa Pepper said: “This incident was extremely frightening for the staff and customers of the post office, and caused great concern amongst the residents of this usually quiet village. A large police response was mobilised because of the actions of this pair and they are now facing a lengthy spell behind bars.

“The community joined together to support the Post Office and the investigation, and I am grateful to those who came forward to assist our inquiries. CCTV and eyewitness accounts giving very good descriptions of the Toyota and its occupants were key to locating Fairbrass and Summers,”