Police hold eight over post office shooting

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Eight people were arrested in connection with the murder of Craig Hodson-Walker, the sub-postmaster's son who was shot dead when armed robbers raided his family's post office.

The five men and three women were arrested after more than 100 police officers raided six homes across south Birmingham early yesterday morning, four days after Friday morning's shooting at Fairfield post office in Worcestershire. Four men were held on suspicion of the murder of Mr Hodson-Walker and the attempted murder of his father, Ken, who was shot in the leg during the attack and who remains in a stable condition in hospital. The other man and the three women were held on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Mr Hodson-Walker, 29, was shot in the chest as he tried to protect his parents, Ken and Judy, both 56, when three masked robbers, brandishing a handgun and a sledgehammer, raided the shop.

Police believe a getaway driver waited outside in a silver Volkswagen Golf, which had been stolen from the Solihull area on New Year's Eve. The car was found abandoned in a lane near the shop. Police, who have not said whether anything was stolen in the raid, appealed for any witnesses to come forward.