Britain’s bravest postmaster, 59, laughed in the face of armed robbers when he foiled his 14th robbery despite being faced with a shotgun
- Paul Bennett was working alone when the would-be-robbers threatened him
- The 59-year-old told them to p*ss off and watched as they gave up and left
- Mr Bennett has worked in post offices and banks since the age of 17
Britain’s bravest postmaster foiled his 14th robbery by laughing in the armed robbers’ faces-despite being faced with a shotgun.
Paul Bennett was working alone when a pair of would-be robbers threatened him with a shotgun.
Rather than surrender the the money, the 59-year-old gave them a shock after he told them to ‘p*ss off’ and watched as they gave up and left.
Paul Bennett (pictured above) sorting the mail at the Post Office in East Grinstead
The Post Office in East Grinstead (pictured above) where Mr Bennett fought off the robbers
The father-of-two from West Sussex, had first started working in his parents’ post office when he was 17, and since then has foiled 14 attempted robberies.
Mr Bennet said that he is a ‘very calm and collected’ person and that ‘nothing phases me now’.
‘Two guys walked into the Post Office, one stayed by the door, the other one came straight up to the counter.
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‘He had a holdall with a shotgun poking out at the front.
‘He said, ‘give me the money’ – the police said he must have been to robber school.
‘I actually said p**s off. He said, ‘no mate, I’m serious, open the safe.
Mr Bennett (pictured above) has successfully faced down 14 robbery attempts over the years
‘I said, ‘it’s not going to happen’ and walked away from him to the corner where I’ve got a brick wall between me and them.
‘It was just a case of, ‘no, it’s highly unlikely you are going to shoot me otherwise you would have done something’.
‘He looked at the other guy and shook his head and they left. I think he was just surprised I said no.
Mr Bennett (pictured outside the Post Office) was working alone when the would-be-robbers threatened him with a shotgun
‘It was all over in a minute. I think I was more annoyed than anything else and I do tend to keep quite calm.’
Speaking after Sussex Police appealed for witnesses to the attempted robbery at the Stone Quarry Sub Post Office last Friday, he added: ‘I’ve worked for the Post Office and banks for 40 years.
‘There were many robberies in the 80s and 90s – it has definitely flowed up recently.
Mr Bennett (pictured above) surprised the robbers after he told them to ‘p*ss off’
‘I’ve probably had a seven or eight gap between the last two.
‘I’m now 59, my parents had a Post Office when I was 15.
‘I’ve been doing it for years – you tend to get a bit more confident.’
Mr Bennet has so far stopped 14 robberies – and even has his own methods for dealing with attackers.
The father-of-two started working at his parents Post Office when he was 17-years-old
He said: ‘It’s unfortunate but as I say I tend to keep calm and I slept well on Friday – I’m not going to have nightmares about it.
‘If I had been an 18-year-old girl working in one of the open plan offices we probably would not be having this kind of conversation now.
‘There was one in south London where they actually fired the shotgun – that probably the scariest one.
‘That was back in the 80s, the gun was fired into the ceiling.
Mr Bennett (pictured above) said he is more confident now as he has been doing the job for many years
‘I wasn’t scared but then I was in a huge office and I happened to be the one in the front, they went.’
His last attempted robbery was at his Post Office in June this year.
He added: ‘That was a youngster with a crash helmet and he tried to get through the parcel hatch with a knife but I hit him back and he went.
‘I got a tiny nick on the finger but it was just a nick.’
He said he had no plans to retire and that he protecting the public purse is his job: ‘It’s all Government money when we come to balance at the end of the day.’
A police spokesman said: ‘A postal worker bravely foiled an attempted robbery in East Grinstead.
‘The suspect who demanded the cash was about 5’6’, aged 35-40 and spoke with a local accent. He wore a white boiler suit and appeared to have a shotgun in a black holdall.
‘Both men wore masks and gloves.’
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