A TERRIFIED postmaster and his staff were recovering today after an attempted robbery at Kirkheaton post office.
Michael Whitehouse and his wife Lynne had a sawn-off shotgun pointed in their faces by a man demanding cash yesterday afternoon
But after smashing the security glass counter and threatening to shoot Mr Whitehouse, the robber fled empty-handed when panic alarms were activated.
"He strolled in as casual as anything. He had a white carrier bag and I could see the barrels of the gun," said Mr Whitehouse, 53.
"He had a distinctive Northern accent, not from round here. He said `Give me the money or I'll shoot'."
Brave Mr Whitehouse telephoned police at around 4.20pm as the man hammered on the security glass at the post office counter in St Mary's Lane.
His wife and counter assistant Melanie Stead hit the panic alarm before running into the back of the shop.
The robber fled on foot on to St Mary's Lane and into Stafford Hill Lane.
He is described as a white male, 5ft 8ins to 5ft 9ins tall, wearing a three-quarter-length black jacket and he had a light brown coloured scarf covering his nose and mouth. He was also wearing a light brown woolly hat.
Mr Whitehouse, who has run the post office for 11 years, said it had been targeted before by robbers.
In June, 2002, a gang of four men with a pistol used a sledgehammer to break security glass and made off with a small amount of cash.
The post office was closed today for repairs to the glass but Mr Whitehouse said he was hoping to be open as normal tomorrow.
Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to contact Huddersfield CID on 01484 436745.