A man walked into a Bridgend, Leeds, post office on the afternoon of Thursday, June 9th, 1966, and fired three shots. The first one proved fatal for Mrs. Winifred Sharp, 50, a counter assistant, of Cross Heath Grove, Leeds; the second seriously wounded the postmaster and the third went wide.

The man then vaulted the counter, snatched about £160 in notes and ran out. There were no other customers in the post office at the time.

The gunman was described by witnesses in the street as of medium height, aged about 30, thin-faced, dark hair falling over his forehead, and wearing a brown suede jacket or shirt with black jeans and sunglasses.

The president of the National Federation of Sub-Postmasters railed about the “hundreds of post-mistresses who lived day and night in a continual state of fear.” An account of the murder said the president’s indignation “was directed at a legal system that seemed to concentrate on reforming the guilty rather than protecting the innocent.”

Interestingly, that was written nearly half a century ago – when it was first noted that governments were concentrating on criminals’ “rights” at the expense of their victims.