A TEENAGER hid in a post office after being chased by two thugs on a motorbike threatening to stab him.

The 17-year-old raced into Barstable Sub Post Office, on Stacey’s Corner, Timberlog Lane, Basildon, at about 1pm Tuesday.

Staff inside acted fast to stop the pair getting in by locking the door. The thugs shouted for the teen to come outside and threatened to stab him.

The motorbike was then repeatedly driven into the door.

A witness, who wished to remain anonymous, was at the scene with his seven-year-old. The man, 41, from Basildon, said: “I only went to post a letter and I walked into a war zone.

“I walked around from the car park and could hear screaming and shouting. I saw one man kicking and punching the doors.

“He was making threats, screaming at the lad inside to come out, yelling ‘I’m going to shank you!’. He asked the second man who was on the bike to ride round outside the shop.

“The biker then attempted to use the bike to get inside, ramming into the doors several times.

“I didn’t see what happened when the man got in the shop, he came out and the shutters came down. The two of them jumped on the bike and rode off at speed towards Clay Hill Road.”

He continued: “I had my seven-year-old with me who was pretty shaken up. I was fine, just shocked. The door was put through completely.”

A spokesperson for Essex Police, said: “Two people on a motorbike were chasing a 17-year-old boy when he ran into the post office.

“People inside the building acted quickly to stop the suspects getting into the building before the motorbike collided with the front door.

“Anyone with information is asked to call Basildon police station quoting crime reference 42/26933/20.”

A post office spokesperson, said: “This type of crime is very traumatic for the retailer and we are supporting the postmaster.”