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Detectives have launched an investigation into a knifepoint robbery at a store in Shaftesbury and are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

At around 6.10am today, Thursday 18 October 2018, Dorset Police received a report of a robbery at the Co-op store in Beaufoy Close in Shaftesbury.

A masked man entered the store in possession of a knife, threatened and assaulted a member of staff and then made off with a quantity of cash.

The victim sustained minor injuries during the incident but did not require hospital treatment.

Detective Sergeant Tom Hall, of Weymouth CID, said: ‘This must have been a very distressing incident for the member of staff involved and I can assure members of the public that a full investigation has been launched to identify the man responsible.

‘We are carrying out extensive enquiries and I am appealing for anyone with information about this incident, or who witnessed any suspicious activity in the area around the time of the offence, to come forward.

‘There will be an increased police presence in the area as we investigate this robbery and members of the local neighbourhood policing team can be approached with any community concerns.’

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55180168658. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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