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Detectives talk to rail passengers after robbery
7:00pm Wednesday 9th January 2013 in New Forest News
DETECTIVES from Hampshire’s Major Investigation Team spoke to rail passengers at Brockenhurst Railway Station this morning as part of their investigation into two armed robberies in the New Forest.
They were hoping to jog the memories of commuters who regularly use the station about the first robbery which occurred in the south car park between 6.30am and 7.45am on Wednesday, December 5.
The robber approached a man as he got out of his Porsche 911 Carrera and threatened him at gunpoint to get back into his car.
He then forced the 65-year-old to drive to the HSBC bank in Brockenhurst where a sum of money was withdrawn. The offender then dumped his victim in the middle of the New Forest before abandoning the car on Sway Road.
Detectives also played a recording of the offender that was captured in the background of a 999 call made by a later victim.
An artist’s impression of the suspect and CCTV footage of his victim parking in the car park were also displayed on walls and floors at the station.
Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Murray, who is leading the investigation, said: “It is five weeks since the robber struck for the first time.
“Many members of the public remain unaware of these offences and our pro-active work yesterday will enable us to bring it to the attention of those who regularly use the station.
“Our visit also coincided with the five-week anniversary and is possibly the first time that many commuters will be making their regular journey due to the Christmas and new year break.
“We therefore hope that by speaking to them, we will be able to gather information that will assist us in identifying the offender and bringing him to justice.”
Anyone with information that might help the investigation team is asked to contact the Op Prenton team on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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