Attempted Robbery in Southsea

Police have released two CCTV images following an attempted robbery in Southsea.

At some time between 10.45pm and 10.50pm on Sunday, April 25 a man entered the Co-op, St James’ Road, Southsea.

CCTV co-op He approached the counter and produced a handgun shaped item, which was wrapped in some sort of black material. He demanded the till from the member of staff, whilst waving the item. The shopworker, aged in his early 20s, was hit twice in the face with the weapon. However, he did not receive any injuries. The man left empty handed as the tills had already been cashed up.

Detective Constable Paul Winsor, said: “I am appealing to anyone who recognises the man in the CCTV images to come forward and speak to us. This was a terrifying ordeal for the shopworker, and I would ask anyone with any information about this incident to get in touch with us at the earliest opportunity.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Fratton CID on 101 or call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111. Mini-Com users can call 01962 875000. From outside Hampshire and the Isle of Wight call 0845 045 45 45.

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