10.33 AM Sunday 29 May 2016

Witness appeal after attempted robbery in Verwood

Detectives are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after an attempted robbery in Verwood.

The incident happened in the Morrisons car park on Chiltern Drive at approximately 7.25pm on Friday 4 January 2013.

A 59-year-old woman from Wimborne was getting into her car when she was threatened by a man with a handgun demanding money.

The victim did not comply with the demand and screamed, causing the offender to leave the scene.

The offender is described as white, aged between 30 and 40, of medium build and about 12 to 13 stones of weight. He spoke with a northern accent and was clean shaven. He was wearing a black woollen hat low over his eyebrows with the rim turned up, a dark jumper with a black gillet over the top, which was done up and black woollen gloves.

Detective Inspector Jock Mullen, of Bournemouth CID, said: “This was a very distressing incident for the victim but she bravely raised the alarm and was uninjured.

“I urge anyone who witnessed this attack, and anyone who saw someone matching this description near to the Morrisons store or running away from it, to call police as soon as possible.

“I am also appealing for anyone in the area who has private CCTV from the time of the incident or before or after to contact Dorset Police urgently.”

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 04:404. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply. 


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