Knife-wielding robber threatens employee at Southsea shop before making off with cash and cigarettes while holding Asda bag

A KNIFE-wielding robber burst into a Southsea shop before threatening a member of staff and making off with £100 cash and cigarettes while holding a green Asda bag.

Tuesday, 2nd February 2021, 1:44 pm
Updated Tuesday, 2nd February 2021, 2:37 pm

Police are hunting the man following the incident at Premier convenience store, Victoria Road North, on Sunday, at 8pm.

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‘A man entered the store and threatened a staff member with a knife, before taking around £100 cash from the till and a number of packets of cigarettes from behind the till,’ a police spokeswoman said.

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A CCTV image of the man police want to speak to over a robbery at Premier convenience store in Victoria Road North, Southsea, on Sunday January 31

‘He then cycled down Stansted Road towards Fawcett Road.’

Police have released an image of the man they are tracking. He is described as around 5ft 11in tall, white with a ‘proportionate build’ who was wearing a dark hoodie with a white zipper.

He also had a vertical white zipper on the left chest pocket and white piping on the hood, black trousers, black trainers, a balaclava or mask and black gloves and was carrying a green Asda bag.

‘We know the image isn’t clear, but it’s the best we have available at this time,’ the spokeswoman added.

‘We would like to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time and may have seen or heard anything.

‘We would also like to hear from anyone who may have CCTV or dashcam footage of the area at the time, or anyone who thinks they have been offered cigarettes for sale in suspicious circumstances.’

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting reference 44210037566 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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