UPDATED: Woman threatened by armed robber in Verwood

AN ARMED robber who threatened a woman at gunpoint fled empty handed when she screamed.

Police have confirmed the 59-year-old woman from Wimborne thwarted the man when she refused to hand over cash in Verwood.

The attempted robbery took place at 7.25pm on Friday, January 4, in Chiltern Drive, outside the Morrisons supermarket.

The victim was threatened with a handgun as she got into her silver car.

A Dorset Police spokesman said that at the moment they are not linking this with a gunman who struck three times in December but are "keeping an open mind".

The gunman at Verwood on Friday is described as white, aged 30-40, of medium build, approximately 12-13 stones. He spoke with a northern accent.

He was clean shaven and was wearing a black woollen hat, a dark jumper with black gilet over the top and black woollen gloves.

A police cordon was in place on Friday evening following the incident and the victim's car was recovered from the scene.

Detective Inspector Jock Mullen, of Bournemouth CID, said: “This was a very distressing incident for the victim but she bravely raised the alarm and was uninjured.

“I urge anyone who witnessed this attack, and anyone who saw someone matching this description near to the Morrisons store or running away from it, to call police as soon as possible.

“I am also appealing for anyone in the area who has private CCTV from the time of the incident or before or after to contact Dorset Police urgently.”

Anyone with information should call Dorset Police on 101 quoting incident number 404/4.

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11:17pm Sat 5 Jan 13

Sovietobserver says...

Although Dorset Police say that at the moment they are not linking this incident with a gunman who struck three times in December, there are two common factors that have emanated from the four possibly linked incidents.
On the 19th December the DE released a voice recording of the suspect made at the home of the Lymington victims.
Having listened to this recording (it is still available on the DE site), I am convinced it is a County Durham/ Teeside accent. The victim of this latest incident on Friday states he spoke with a Northern accent.
The second is that all of these four incidents are also possibly linked in the fact that they have been in close proximity of mainly secluded car parks.
The Brockenhurst incident initiated in the railway station car park. Later the vehicle was left, intact with key, where the suspect stated to the victim it would be, a short distance from Brockenhurst Manor golf club car park.
In the second incident,which was in Rookes Lane, Lymington, this is almost adjacent to Woodside Gardens public car park.
In the third incident at Highcliffe-on-Sea post office, the suspect was seen making off in the direction of Chistchurch, this would indicate he possibly used the nearest car park at the rear of Highcliffe medical centre.This would have been the nearest car park for him to access in that direction, rather than access parks on foot further Eastwards in Highcliffe.
Friday's incident happened during the hours of darkness at Morrison's car park in Verwood. This is an extensive car park, which extends some distance including the parking area outside of Verwood Leisure Centre.
It is obvious he has access to his own vehicle to carry out these widespread crimes, but there is also the possibility he has an accomplice who maybe acting as his driver, therefore including in his/her/their plans to have a secluded car park available in close proximity when committing and fulfilling these crimes, as well as somewhere discreet when making a quick change of clothes to disguise his appearance.
Although Dorset Police say that at the moment they are not linking this incident with a gunman who struck three times in December, there are two common factors that have emanated from the four possibly linked incidents. On the 19th December the DE released a voice recording of the suspect made at the home of the Lymington victims. Having listened to this recording (it is still available on the DE site), I am convinced it is a County Durham/ Teeside accent. The victim of this latest incident on Friday states he spoke with a Northern accent. The second is that all of these four incidents are also possibly linked in the fact that they have been in close proximity of mainly secluded car parks. The Brockenhurst incident initiated in the railway station car park. Later the vehicle was left, intact with key, where the suspect stated to the victim it would be, a short distance from Brockenhurst Manor golf club car park. In the second incident,which was in Rookes Lane, Lymington, this is almost adjacent to Woodside Gardens public car park. In the third incident at Highcliffe-on-Sea post office, the suspect was seen making off in the direction of Chistchurch, this would indicate he possibly used the nearest car park at the rear of Highcliffe medical centre.This would have been the nearest car park for him to access in that direction, rather than access parks on foot further Eastwards in Highcliffe. Friday's incident happened during the hours of darkness at Morrison's car park in Verwood. This is an extensive car park, which extends some distance including the parking area outside of Verwood Leisure Centre. It is obvious he has access to his own vehicle to carry out these widespread crimes, but there is also the possibility he has an accomplice who maybe acting as his driver, therefore including in his/her/their plans to have a secluded car park available in close proximity when committing and fulfilling these crimes, as well as somewhere discreet when making a quick change of clothes to disguise his appearance. Sovietobserver

11:54pm Sat 5 Jan 13

Controversial But True says...

Verwood?

Are there any buses from Boscombe to Verwood?
Verwood? Are there any buses from Boscombe to Verwood? Controversial But True

1:58am Sun 6 Jan 13

Wageslave says...

Time to re-consider the law about carrying mace as a defence.
Time to re-consider the law about carrying mace as a defence. Wageslave

8:51am Sun 6 Jan 13

eaststandman says...

Controversial But True wrote:
Verwood?

Are there any buses from Boscombe to Verwood?
There are buses from Verwood to the hospital. He could catch a yellow to Boscombe from there ?
[quote][p][bold]Controversial But True[/bold] wrote: Verwood? Are there any buses from Boscombe to Verwood?[/p][/quote]There are buses from Verwood to the hospital. He could catch a yellow to Boscombe from there ? eaststandman

8:53am Sun 6 Jan 13

eaststandman says...

He would have to use his own car, as public transport is so bad !
He would have to use his own car, as public transport is so bad ! eaststandman

1:41pm Sun 6 Jan 13

pete woodley says...

eaststandman wrote:
Controversial But True wrote:
Verwood?

Are there any buses from Boscombe to Verwood?
There are buses from Verwood to the hospital. He could catch a yellow to Boscombe from there ?
Then only a short walk to Pokesdown.
[quote][p][bold]eaststandman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Controversial But True[/bold] wrote: Verwood? Are there any buses from Boscombe to Verwood?[/p][/quote]There are buses from Verwood to the hospital. He could catch a yellow to Boscombe from there ?[/p][/quote]Then only a short walk to Pokesdown. pete woodley

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