A MAN threatened to stab a Bournemouth shopkeeper before stealing three cans of cider from the store.

Officers have launched an investigation into the incident at M J Wines, which took place in the early hours on Friday, August 21.

At around 12am, two men entered the shop in Commercial Road and one of them picked up three cans of cider before attempting to leave the store without paying.

He was challenged by the shopkeeper, who asked for the man to return the cans. The man threatened to stab the victim before walking off from the scene.

The offender did not produce a knife but the victim reported seeing a handle sticking out of the man’s trouser pocket, which he believed could have been that of a bladed article.

Police have released a CCTV image of a man they would like to speak to.

Bournemouth Echo: CCTV image issued by Dorset PoliceCCTV image issued by Dorset Police

PC Evelyn Hoslett, of Bournemouth police, said: “This must have been a frightening ordeal for the victim and we have been carrying out a number of enquiries into this matter.

“We have obtained a CCTV image of the suspect but have so far been unable to identify them and I would urge anyone with information as to their identity to please contact us.”

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 55200125082. Alternatively, to stay 100 per cent anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers online at Crimestoppers-uk.org or call Freephone 0800 555 111.