Thieves fled empty-handed after breaking into a village Post Office in South Northamptonshire.
Police say "three or four" masked men made their getaway in a light-coloured car after being disturbed by members of the public at the 81-year-old Browns of Blakesley village store and Post Office just before midnight on Friday (June 5).
One of the locals was assaulted and a car damaged in the getaway.
A spokesman for Northamptonshire Police said: "The offenders forced entry into the Post Office between 11.30pm and 11.45pm before being disturbed by members of the public.
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"As a result of being interrupted, nothing is believed to have been stolen.
"A member of the public was assaulted and damage was caused to a nearby car as the offenders escaped in a light coloured car.
"There were between three or four male offenders who all were wearing balaclavas and scarves around their faces.
"We would ask anyone with information or who may have witnessed this incident to call 101 using reference number 20000286336."
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