Crawley man pleads guilty to post office armed robbery


A Crawley man has pleaded guilty to robbery following a raid at a post office on New Year’s Eve.

Daniel Brady, 28, of Ifield Road, admitted two counts of robbery and one of attempted robbery when he appeared at Croydon Crown Court on Friday (May 9), said Surrey Police.

One of the charges related to a robbery at Bletchingley Post Office which occurred at around 6.15am on December 31.

A man in his 30s and a woman in her 50s were threatened with what was believed to be a firearm and had their hands restrained.

Money, scratch cards and cigarettes were stolen.

A gas powered BB gun was found near the scene by officers and was believed to be the weapon used in the robbery.

The case was featured on BBC Crimewatch in January which resulted in the arrest and charge of Brady in February.

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.

“I believe by using both the local and national media to appeal for information demonstrates our commitment in 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 allow the victims to move on with their lives.”

The other offences were committed in the Metropolitan Police area

Brady is due to be sentenced on July 11.