Armed Robber Raids Dorset Post Office

An armed robber's held up a Dorset post office at gunpoint.

A man entered the Post Office on Lymington Road, in the Highcliffe area of Christchurch and demanded money at around 9.30am today, Tuesday 18 December 2012.

He left with a quantity of cash.

He had what police believe was a gun. No-one was hurt in the robbery.

Detective Constable Kate Dennis, of Bournemouth CID, said: “This was an extremely distressing incident and the victims are understandably shocked as a result of this man’s actions.

“Following our initial enquiries I am now able to release images of a man I wish to speak with. This man headed off toward Christchurch following the robbery and I am appealing to anyone who recognises him to contact me urgently.”

This man is white, aged in his late thirties to forties, approximately six feet tall and of a medium build. He was wearing a black anorak, a black beanie hat with a grey stripe, glasses and a black scarf over his face.

DC Dennis continued: “I am particularly keen to speak with a female witness who entered the shop prior to the man leaving. It may be that she has information that will help me with my investigation.

“I'd also like to speak with anyone else who may have witnessed the incident or seen anything suspicious in the area of the Lymington Road Post Office this morning.

“Anyone who sees this man should not approach him, but call police immediately on 999.”

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 18:102. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.