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CCTV appeal following attempted knifepoint robbery in Christchurch

Alert message sent 16/01/2018 15:25:00

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Detectives investigating an attempted knifepoint robbery at a convenience store in Christchurch are issuing a CCTV image of the suspect.

At 8.35pm yesterday, Monday 15 January 2018, a man entered the Nisa store in Marlow Drive and approached a member of staff who was working at the till. 

He demanded money from the till and produced a large silver knife. The staff member resisted and picked up a wooden stool to defend himself. He then pressed the panic alarm and left the store with another staff member who was working in the shop at the time.

The members of staff contacted police and the suspect left the scene, heading along Marlow Drive in the direction of Hillside Drive.

There were no customers present and nobody was injured during the incident. Nothing was taken from the store.

The suspect was described as white, aged in his late 20s and of slim build with dark eyes. He wore a jacket with the hood up and a scarf covering his mouth and nose. He was also wore black tracksuit bottoms and transparent plastic gloves and was carrying a black rucksack. The man was said to speak in a European accent.

Detective Constable Matt Loader, of Bournemouth CID, said: “We are making extensive enquiries into this incident to identify the offender and I am releasing a CCTV image of the suspect in the hope that somebody might recognise him or the clothing he is wearing.

“I would urge anyone with information to contact police immediately.”

To view the CCTV image, please click here - https://www.dorset.police.uk/news-information/article/4471

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk, or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55180007601. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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