A heroic Hampton postmaster desperately trying to protect his customers and staff was brutally attacked by armed robbers after he refused to hand over cash to the thugs.
The two men, armed with a handgun and axe, forced their way into the High Street post office in Hampton in Arden on Monday around 9.10am, threatening customers and staff.
Brave Bharat Mistry, aged 58, finally managed to sound the stores panic alarm forcing the thugs to leave empty handed but leaving Mr Mistry injured and needing a metal plate in his jaw.
Mr Mistry, who was amazingly back at work two days later after the operation, told the Solihull News: It was a shock. Throughout my 30 years as a post master, I have never experienced anything like this.
The men were trying to hit me with their weapons. I could have hit out but I didnt want to be involved in the violence, I just wanted to protect the staff and customers.
All I was thinking about was my family.
Police are now investigating whether the attack is linked to a similar incident at the Spar store in Dordon, Warwickshire, on December 18.
Susan Cain, who runs the shop inside the post office was forced to the floor, with an axe to her head. She said: All I could hear was a scuffle and Bharat screaming.
We may have been targeted because it was double pension week.
Solihull detective DC David Bailey, said: We want to speak to anyone who may have seen them arrive in the area, or escape from the scene.
The offenders are believed to have used a silver Seat Leon and left along Marsh Lane.
One had an orange bag over his shoulder. One man was white, around 5ft 10in and in his 20s and the other was of mixed race. Anyone with information is asked to call the police on 101.