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Detectives are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward following an armed robbery in Sturminster Newton.

At 5.45am today, Monday 5 March 2018, officers were called to reports that a man armed with a handgun had entered One Stop on Station Road.

He threatened a member of staff and stole a quantity of cash before leaving the shop.

No one was physically injured during the incident.

The offender has been described as being approximately six feet tall with large eyebrows. He was wearing black clothing and had a black scarf covering his face.

A cordon is currently in place to allow crime scene investigators to examine the scene.

Detective Inspector Andrea Power, of Weymouth CID, said: ‘I am appealing to anyone who was in the Station Road area at the relevant time and saw a man acting suspiciously to please get in touch.

;I would also urge anyone who recognises the man in the image from the clothing he was wearing to come forward.’

Local officers have been carrying out reassurance patrols in the area and can be approached with any 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 55180033287. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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