Hunt continues for gunman one year on after terrifying robberies in the New Forest

Bournemouth Echo: Hunt continues for gunman one year after terrifying robberies in the New Forest Hunt continues for gunman one year after terrifying robberies in the New Forest

DETECTIVES are carrying out house-to-house enquiries in the areas where two terrifying armed robberies happened a year ago.

The first robbery happened on Wednesday December 5 2012 at Brockenhurst, when a man with a gun forced a driver back into his Porsche after the man had parked it at around 6.30am.

The robber made the man drive him to the HSBC bank and withdraw several hundred pounds. He forced his victim out at a remote car park before stealing the car and abandoning it near a railway bridge in Sway.

Nine days later – on December 14 at around 9.30am – a man in fluorescent jacket and goggles robbed a couple at gunpoint at their home in Rookes Lane, Lymington. He then took the 64-year-old woman hostage, got in their car and made the woman drive before dropping her home, stealing and later dumping the car.

Officers are visiting properties around Tilebarn Lane, as evidence shows the man remained in the area for some time after the offence.

They are also re-issuing the description and artist’s impression of the robber, along with an extended version of an audio clip recorded on the victim’s phone.

The man is described as white, around 5ft 10ins to 6ft tall, of slim to medium build. He is believed to be between 40 and 55 and may have had a black rucksack with a blue stripe down the middle. He wore a flourescent sleeveless yellow top on one occasion and plastic swimming goggles on one occasion.

Anyone who may have information is asked to call DC Steven Norridge on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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