Robbery fake PO re-opens

A post office at the centre of a faked armed robbery last year has reopened its doors.

A post office at the centre of a faked armed robbery last year has reopened its doors.

Allenheads Post Office closed in September 2004 after postmistress Carole Shaftoe was arrested for stealing more than £14,000 from the post office.

Originally she told police she had been the victim of an armed robbery, but later confessed and was jailed for six months at Newcastle Crown Court this September.

But last weekend the management team at Allendale Post Office took over the running of the branch and re-opened it as a post office and village shop. It is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 11am and 9.30am to 11.30am on Saturday and Sunday.

Hours will be increased with demand.

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