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Man accused of post office armed robbery found hiding at Cringleford home, court hears

PUBLISHED: 17:38 07 March 2018 | UPDATED: 18:47 07 March 2018

Norwich Crown Court. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Norwich Crown Court. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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A man arrested over the armed robbery of Surlingham Post Office was found hiding in a house in Cringleford after police initially went to the address to investigate a burglary, a jury heard.

Kevin Tunmore. who is accused of armed robbery. Pic: Norfolk Constabulary.Kevin Tunmore. who is accused of armed robbery. Pic: Norfolk Constabulary.

Kevin Tunmore, 36, was found at the Beechcroft Court home of Neil Chamberlain, 31, just four days after the post office robbery had taken place, Norwich Crown Court was told.

The court has heard how two men burst into Surlingham Post Office and repeatedly ordered the 75-year-old postmistress to open the till, forcing her to hand over £1000 in cash and postal orders before they fled on February 2, last year.

Tunmore, of Low Common, Ashby St Mary, has pleaded not guilty to robbery of the rural post office and he also denies possessing the imitation firearm.

Chamberlain of Beechcroft Court, Cringleford, has already admitted his part in the robbery, as he said he acted as a lookout while Tunmore and another man are alleged to have gone into the store to carry out the robbery.

Surlingham Post Office. PIC: Peter Walsh.Surlingham Post Office. PIC: Peter Walsh.

Giving evidence, the officer in the case Det Con Lee Marriner, said that police were called to the address as part of police investigations into a burglary, which had happened just hours earlier in Kidderminster, in which a disabled man was burgled and gold and other items were stolen.

Det Con Marriner said that Tunmore and Chamberlain had been captured on CCTV removing the items from the home, in Worcestershire, and he said they had then driven back to Norfolk.

He said when they arrived at Chamberlain’s address they found Tunmore was also there and during a search a black hand drill, which was said to have been used as an imitation firearm in the raid, was recovered from the silver Vauxhall Corsa belonging to Chamberlain. He said the Corsa had also been used to drive to the robbery.

Det Con Marriner confirmed that Tunmore had pleaded guilty to the Kidderminster burglary, in June, last year.

The jury heard how Tunmore was arrested but gave a “no comment” reply to all questions that were put to him.

The trial continues.

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