Staff foiled a raid at a North-East post office.

Three men in balaclavas and dark clothing burst into the post office in Front Street, Hetton-le-Hole, Wearside, on Thursday at 5.30pm. When one smashed the counter glass with a baseball bat, staff raised the alarm and locked themselves in a back room. The robbers fled empty-handed. Anyone with information is asked to call 0191-454 7555.