DORSET Police have moved to reassure the public after a spate of robberies at shops across the conurbation in recent weeks.
Coral at Castle Lane West, Bournemouth, was hit yesterday, while police detectives believe that the same man was responsible for a raid at Ladbrokes in Christchurch Road on Wednesday.
Detective Chief Inspector Jez Noyce, of Bournemouth and Poole CID said: “Lately there have been six robberies, three at bookmakers and three at convenience stores, which have occurred in the Bournemouth and Wimborne areas.
“These crimes are all being investigated individually and I would like to reassure the public that investigating these crimes is a priority for Dorset Police – with two men already being charged separately for two of those offences.
“We have received many calls in response to our witness and information appeals and gained a lot of information.
“I would like to thank the public and media for their help and I encourage the public to continue to come forward either by phoning the police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 in confidence.
“Despite this recent spate of criminal activity I stress that these types of robberies are not usual for Dorset.
“It is believed that the latest two crimes may be linked and leads are being followed up to help us identify the offender.
“Perpetrators arrested will be dealt with robustly and anyone convicted of such a crime is likely to face a very lengthy prison sentence.
“All shop staff are asked to be vigilant for anyone acting suspiciously and to ensure safety features – such as CCTV – are in working order.
“Anyone requiring additional advice should contact their Safer Neighbourhood Team, who will be happy to assist.”