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8 March 2016

Armed raiders rob Wexham Road sub-Post Office

2 suspects arrested, charged and locked-up in custody

Report and photographs: Paul Janik

An undisclosed sum of money was stolen during a raid on Wexham Road's sub-Post Office on Wednesday 6 January 2016.

The sub-Post Office, located in a picturesque old building just south of Wexham Park Hospital's roundabout, serves a variety of customers in and a round the hospital and further away too because of free parking on both sides of the road.

A Post Office Ltd spokeswomen declined to provide details of the raid but emphasised strongly to the Slough TimesA robbery did occurred on Wednesday 6 January.

Police responded quickly. They arrested two suspects and a day later, on Thursday 7 January, charged both of them:

Mr Alan King, aged 50, of no permanent address

  • robbery at Coral's betting shop, Lower Cippenham Lane on 18 December 2015
  • being in possession of an offensive weapon at Coral's robbery
  • robbery at sub-Post Office, Wexham Road on 6 January 2016
  • being in possession of an offensive weapon at the sub-Post Office robbery
  • aggravated vehicle taking
  • driving without a licence
  • using a motor vehicle without third party insurance

Mr Keith Patrick, aged 47, of Marcia Court, Slough

  • robbery at Coral's betting shop, Lower Cippenham Lane on 18 December 2015
  • being in possession of an offensive weapon at Coral's robbery
  • robbery at sub-Post Office, Wexham Road on 6 January 2016
  • being in possession of an offensive weapon at the sub-Post Office robbery

Police kept them in the cells overnight and produced them before Slough Magistrates' Court this afternoon (8 January). The Court decided they should remain locked-up until their appearance at Reading Crown Court on 8 February 2016.

Police update: 8 March 2016

Police press release 330149 issued today states that two Traffic police officers, Sgt Martin Harper & PC Ian Collins were commended by their chief constable for chasing after the armed robbers' car and capturing them.

Messrs King and Patrick have pleaded guilty and will be sentenced at Reading Crown Court on 18 March.

Police also revealed the robbers threatened sub-Post Office staff with a sledge hammer.