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2 February 2011, 13:56 | Updated: 16 February 2011, 12:23
Detectives in Bournemouth are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after an attempted robbery at a shop in the Bear Cross area of the town.
The incident, in which a man, armed with a knife, threatened a customer and demanded money out of the till, happened at the One Stop store along Anchor Road at around 9.30pm on Saturday, 29 January 2011 – with officers releasing CCTV footage.
Neither the customer, a 62-year-old Bournemouth man, nor the sales assistant, a 32-year-old woman, were injured.
The offender is approximately six feet tall, of medium build and had a scarf wrapped around his face.
He was wearing a dark hooded top, grey tracksuit bottoms, black gloves and black shoes.
Detective Constable Mark White, of Bournemouth CID, said:
"This attempted robbery was extremely distressing for the victims.
"After further enquiries, I am now able to release CCTV footage of the incident.
"I understand that the man was holding what appeared to be a kitchen knife.
"After the shop assistant told the offender that she could not open the till, the man made off in the direction of Benbridge Avenue.
"I am appealing for anyone who witnessed this attempted robbery, and anyone with information about the man responsible, to contact me urgently.
"All calls will be treated in the strictest of confidence."
Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 01202 or 01305 22 22 22 quoting incident number 29:494. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.