Man pleads guilty to Bletchingley Post Office robbery

A man has pleaded guilty to carrying out a robbery at Bletchingley Post Office last New Year's Eve.

Daniel Brady, 28, of Ifield Road in Crawley, admitted two counts of robbery and one of attempted robbery when he appeared at Croydon Crown Court last Friday (May 9).

One of the charges related to the robbery at Bletchingley Post Office last New Year's Eve.

The court heard that at around 6.15am, a man aged in his 30s and a woman aged in her 50s were threatened with what was believed to be a firearm, and had their hands tied.

Cash, lottery scratch cards and cigarettes were stolen during the raid.

Police later found a gas-powered ballbearing (BB) gun near the scene, which is believed to be the weapon which was used in the robbery.

The case was featured on the BBC's Crimewatch programme in January, and this led to the arrest and charging in February of Brady for the Bletchingley raid.

A Surrey Police spokesman said the other offences Brady was charged with related to incidents in the Metropolitan Police Force area.

Senior Investigating Officer Detective Inspector Antony Archibald, said: "At the time the offence was broadcast on BBC Crimewatch, I was hopeful the show would bring us the result we wanted, and it didn't fail to deliver this.”

Det Insp Archibald said: "I believe using both the local and national media to appeal for information demonstrates our commitment to solving crime in East Surrey, and sends out a clear message to criminals that we will do all we can to bring them to justice.

"I would like to thank the press and all those who helped with providing information on Brady, and I hope the fact he remains behind bars will go some way to allowing the victims to move on with their lives.”

Brady is due to be sentenced at Croydon Crown Court on Friday, July 11.

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