‘Gunman’ foiled by hero postmaster

Tannochside Post Office
Tannochside Post Office

A POSTMASTER showed remarkable bravery when confronted by a would-be robber who claimed he had a gun.

Despite the threat, Sarbit Minhas kept his cool and asked Steven McCall to show him the weapon which the raider claimed was in a bag.

Keeping him talking, the postmaster then suggested McCall take out the gun and fire a shot into the corner of his shop to prove it was real.

The 10-minute stand-off at Tannochside Post Office finally ended when a panic alarm was pressed and McCall left empty-handed, moaning ‘I’ll get done for this anyway.’

The ‘bizarre’ episode emerged when McCall (41), a prisoner, appeared at Hamilton Sheriff Court last week.

He admitted assaulting Mr Minhas with intent to rob him at the Thorniewood Road post office on April 6 this year while already on bail for another matter.

Sheriff Vincent Smith deferred sentence until August 3 and McCall was remanded in custody.

Full story in this week’s Bellshill Speaker, out on Wednesday.