Two village post offices raided by thieves on the same night

An investigation is underway after late night burglaries at two post offices in North Somerset.

The thieves got away with a quantity of cash during raids on Winford Community Shop and Post Office and Backwell Post Office.

The first burglary happened at around 10.35pm on Sunday February 27 at the High Street store in Winford.

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A second burglary occurred a few hours later around 12.45pm at the post office in West Town Road, Backwell.

Police received reports of a third burglary at around 2.25am on Monday February 28 relating to a break-in at a shop in Ridgeway Lane, Whitchurch.

A quantity of cash was stolen from the three premises.

The incidents caused a disruption of services at the Backwell Post Office on Monday.

In a statement posted to social media, a Backwell Post Office spokesperson said: “If anyone has CCTV footage or dash cam recordings for approximately 12:45 p.m., that would assist police in catch these criminals.”

Police say they believe the burglaries are linked.

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A police spokesman said: “Investigations are ongoing following three burglaries at commercial premises in recent days.

“The first happened at around 10.35pm, in High Street, Winford, on Sunday February 27. The second happened a few hours later at around 12.45am, in West Town Road, Backwell.

“CCTV and house-to-house investigations are underway to try to identify those responsible.

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“At this time, we are treating the burglaries as related.”

Anyone who has witnessed any of the break-ins or seen people acting suspiciously in these areas should call 101 and give the call handler reference number 5222048556.

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