A PENSIONER has said she wants to meet an armed robber who raided her pub face to face.

Sheila Guinnane, 73, said her “life had been ruined” after a man entered the England’s Rose pub in Postcombe and stole the entire contents of the cash till.

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Sheila Guinnane, left, owner of the England’s Rose Pub in Postcombe, near Thame, pictured with Tina Massie, who is helping Sheila to run the pub

She said: “I’ve owned the pub for more than 20 years and I’ve never felt vulnerable.

“It was a horrible and frightening ordeal and he has ruined my life.

“I find it hard to be in the pub and to sleep at night when I think about what happened here.

“I no longer feel safe in my own home.”

The great-grandmother-of-two said she was “terrified” after a 5ft 10in tall, white man wearing a grey face mask walked into the bar of the pub at 8.40pm on Sunday, February 7, brandishing an 18in wrench.

She said: “I was waiting for the last three people to finish up their drinks when a man came out of nowhere and came behind the bar with a wrench in his hand.

“He came very close to me and my barmaid, threateningly asked us in a very well spoken accent where we kept the money and then took absolutely everything from our till.

“Although I don’t know how much money he took, Sunday is normally our busiest day so I know that it was an awful lot.”

Ms Guinnane said her barmaid has since left her position after being left “scarred” from the armed robbery.

She added: “I’m struggling to come to terms with what happened at the moment, although I’m hoping that one day I might.

“But I keep asking myself ‘why me?’ I’m 73 years old and a pensioner. The man must be a coward.

“I want to come face to face with him when they find him and tell him exactly that and make him pay for what he’s done.”

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CCTV image from the raid on the England’s Rose pub showing the masked raider threatening staff

Thames Valley Police said the incident was part of a series of robberies in the Postcombe and Didcot area, after an attempted robbery of the Murco petrol station the A40 London Road in Postcombe at about 8pm on Tuesday, January 26.

Police said a white man wearing a balaclava and dark clothing with a jacket and gloves tried to rob the service station.

Two men also burst into K&K News in Brasenose Road, Didcot, at 4.30am on Monday, February 8.

Owner Kevin Ritson said more than £1,000 was taken and a member of staff was threatened with a screwdriver.

He said: “The woman who was working that day has been left very shaken by the whole thing.

“We can’t quite believe what has happened here.”

A 32-year-old man has been arrested and released on bail until March 18 in connection with these incidents.

Another man, aged 30, has been arrested and released on bail until March 6.

Two other men, aged 30 and 27, have been released on bail until March 17.