POLICE are hunting a robber who held up staff at a Winton store with a hypodermic needle last week.

The man entered the Mini Golden Supermarket in Stanfield Road at 5.30pm on Thursday, February 13 before making threats.

He was holding an uncapped needle and demanded money.

The robber grabbed cash from the till and managed to get away despite being confronted by a member of staff.

He was seen crossing Withermoor Road and continuing on to Stanfield Road.

Detective Constable Danielle Knight, of Bournemouth CID, said: “This incident left the victim with an injury that required hospital treatment. It is not known at this time how serious it is.

“I urge anyone who may have witnessed the incident take place or has any information to contact Dorset Police as soon as possible.”

The offender has been described as white, approximately five feet seven inches tall, of slim build and with blue eyes.

He was wearing a black jacket with the hood up and a grey hood underneath, dark trousers and black woollen gloves.

He was also wearing a checked scarf covering his face from the bottom of his nose to his chin.

No arrests have been made.

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 13:327.

Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.