A passer-by was knocked unconscious and a post mistress was attacked by a gang of robbers in Northamptonshire.
The gang, consisting of three or four men, attacked the female shopkeeper at the post office and mini-market in Church Lane, Kislingbury, before escaping with the till, cigarettes and money from a safe.
The robbery happened at the post office in Church Lane, Kislingbury, at about 11.10am on Saturday, September 14.
A spokeswoman for Northamptonshire Police said: “Three or four men entered the post office and assaulted the shopkeeper.
“They stole the till and cigarettes and then forced the victim to open the safe.
“They stole a quantity of cash from the safe before leaving the shop.”
The raid happened at Kislingbury Post Office and mini market on Saturday morning.
Neighbours said the men were armed with coshes.
As the gang left the shop, the passer-by, who happened to be approaching the building, was hit over the head and fell to the ground outside.
Police and paramedics were called to the scene and it is understood the man did not fully regain consciousness by the time he was taken to hospital.
A spokeswoman for East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) said: “We got the call at 11.17am reporting a person ‘unconscious’.
“A double-crewed ambulance responded and took the patient to Northampton General Hospital where they arrived at 12.01pm.”
It is understood that the man has now been discharged from hospital and has been allowed home.
The shop remained closed yesterday despite the fact police had finished forensics work.
Kislingbury resident, Tina Williams, said: “It’s such an awful thing to happen because the shopkeeper is such a delightful woman, everyone in the village loves her.
“To attack a woman like that is disgraceful, it’s unforgiveable really. We’re all hoping they are caught quickly.”
The men wore black clothing, balaclavas and gloves and were all of medium build.
They left in a light-coloured car which was possibly silver and had a partial registration number of GY51 or GU51.
Anyone with information can call police on 101. Alternatively, information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.