Gosport man on trial for gunpoint shop raids

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A GOSPORT man has gone on trial after he allegedly held up four businesses at gunpoint on the same day.

David Parcell, of Nyria Way, is accused of armed robberies at three convenience stores and a pizza takeaway in Southampton.

Southampton Crown Court heard shop workers were left frightened and distressed after a man brandishing a handgun burst into their stores between 2.30pm and 9.30pm on December 22. The thief stole around £420 from two stores and fled empty-handed from two others.

Parcell, 41, was arrested by police a few hours later.

The court heard that two days later police found an air gun hidden in the garden of the mother of one of two women Parcell had been in a car with when he was found by officers.

Parcell denies two counts of robbery, two of attempted robbery, and four charges of possessing a firearm with intent to cause harm or fear of violence.