POLICE are investigating after a post office was again targeted by thieves who attempted to rip the safe from the premises.

The attack took place in the early hours of Thursday, 24 July when the front door was smashed and an attempt to pull the safe from the post office was made using a vehicle.

This latest break in at Thruxton Post Office has left the owners ‘devastated’ as only four months ago another break in took place at the post office.

Postmaster Neil Harvey said: “We are absolutely gutted.

“After the last time we were broken into we hoped that may be the end of it but they have come back.

“It seems to be a gang going around trying to get these safes out, they tried to pull it from the store using a vehicle and you can see the tyre marks.

“We are going to be shut for quite a while.

“The damage is substantial with the entire internal post office unit pulled down, the service wall bent and plenty of windows smashed.”

A police spokeswoman said: “Police are investigating following reports of an incident at Thruxton Post Office on Amesbury Road on Thursday, July 24.

“Some time between 2.45am and shortly after 3am, unknown offenders broke into the premises and attempted to steal a safe.

“Fortunately they didn’t get away with anything, but damage was caused to the post office.

“Did you see anything? Do you know who might be responsible?”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact PC Matt Quinnell at North Walls Police Station in Winchester on 101 or call the charity Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111, where information can be left anonymously.”