Gosport robbery prompts call for security review

SCENE Police at the scene of an armed robbery at the BP garage in Brockhurst Road, Gosport. Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (122574-2)
SCENE Police at the scene of an armed robbery at the BP garage in Brockhurst Road, Gosport. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (122574-2)
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POLICE have urged businesses to review their security following a terrifying armed robbery on a Gosport petrol station.

Officers are visiting garages in and around Gosport to discuss security following the raid at the BP garage, in Brockhurst Road on Thursday.

Two men with their faces covered burst in and threatened the lone female member of staff with a knife and a handgun before making off with cash.

It happened at 9.50pm. Police would not say how much cash was stolen.

Senior investigating officer Detective Inspector Tina Lowe said: ‘The woman working by herself received minor injuries and is recovering at home.

‘She obviously remains upset and shaken by the actions of the robbers towards her.

‘Officers are continuing to support her welfare and take a detailed statement so we have as much information as possible to identify and catch the criminals swiftly.’

Police have issued crime prevention advice for businesses including keeping as little cash on the premises as possible and having more staff visible on the premises.

Go to hampshire.police.uk/internet/advice-and-information/general/business-crime-prevention for more information.

The first suspect wore black trousers, a jacket with a grey hooded top underneath and light coloured trainers.

The second suspect was wearing a dark-coloured hooded top with white piping on the front and back and down the sides and sleeves, dark tracksuit bottoms and light coloured trainers.

Call 101 with information or 999 in an emergency. Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.