A POSTMISTRESS has vowed to rebuild her shop after "absolute scum" smashed into the building with a mechanical digger.

Jenny Cain says she will re-open Barnards Green Post Office, in Court Road, Malvern, on Thursday, April 27 – just two weeks to the day after it was badly damaged in the smash-and-grab raid at around 3.20am on Thursday, April 13.

Thieves destroyed the front of the post office with a stolen mechanical digger, causing tens of thousands of pounds worth of damage.

They then used a 4x4 and some rope to rip out the store's cash machine, which was later found abandoned at Blackmore Industrial Park, in Malvern.

Ms Cain, aged 44, said: "How dare someone from outside come into the middle of our community and do this to us?

"They are absolute scum of the earth. They are the lowest of the low. They have no moral fibre whatsoever.

"We will sweep up, clean up and re-open in a temporary capacity. I will have an ATM back in, I've asked for one.

"I won't let these people get away with this. We will be back – with a smile on our face.

"They will build me another wall about six foot back so they can work on the shop front while I'm trading.

"We will still be boarded up but we will open at 9am – two weeks from the day it happened."

Ms Cain said they will be offering full services when they re-open, including cash withdrawals over the counter.

She said: "We are a tight bunch in Barnards Green. The level of support we got was amazing.

"Thank you to everyone who gave support, it was truly heartwarming and puts my faith back in human nature again."

She said on the day of the raid, she received flowers from residents, bacon sandwiches from the nursing home next door and chips from the local chip shop.

She added that West Worcestershire MP, Harriett Baldwin, visited the store after the theft and was shocked by the amount of damage the thieves had caused.

Neighbours were woken up by the sound of the mechanical digger smashing into the shop and said the raid lasted for under 10 minutes.

Ms Cain confirmed that the thieves got away with some cash.

The gang used a black Mitsubishi L200, a silver Ford Ranger pickup and a blue Audi estate, in the theft.

Anyone with information can call 101 quoting incident number 0051s of Thursday, April 13.