A BRAVE post officer worker has spoken of the moment he refused to hand cash to armed robbers.

Two men armed with knives walked into the Magdalen Green Post Office in Old Road, Clacton, at 2pm on Thursday, before threatening staff with the weapons.

The men got away with money from the till in the shop.

But the brave worker, who did not want to be named, told how he refused to hand over cash from the post office counter.

“One of them came behind the counter and just stood next to me with a knife,” he said.

“The post office counter door is usually shut, but he just walked in.

“He had a kitchen knife, about six inches long, and threatened me with it.

“I refused and just pressed the alarm and started banging on the side to make a noise, then smoke came out from the machine and the place went foggy.

“They didn’t say anything and just walked out.”

The modest hero said the pair made off with cash from the till in the shop.

“I wasn’t scared, I’m fine,” he said.

“It’s happened to me two or three times before.

“I don’t think about these things, I just carry on - that’s just me

“In 1997, someone came into the Kings Avenue Post Office and pointed a gun at me and told me he would shoot me if I didn’t give him the money.

“I said ‘Go on then’ and refused to hand over money then as well.”

Det Con Hollie Hughes, of Clacton CID, appealed for people and motorists who were there to get in touch as soon as possible.

She said: “These men walked into a community post office in the middle of the day and threatened members of staff with knife.

“Fortunately, no-one was hurt but they were shaken by the ordeal.

“We believe a number of people and motorists in the area may have seen the men within the vicinity of the post office before and after the incident.”

The incident comes two years after the shop’s owner Mohammed Khan wrestled a knife out of the hands of a robber.

The robber held a blade to Mr Khan’s throat, but he grabbed the knife and managed to take it from the suspect who then fled on foot.

Anyone with information about the robbery on Thursday, or who may have dash cam footage, is asked to call the police on 101 quoting crime reference 42/114201/19 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.