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Detectives from Hampshire’s Major Investigation Team will be speaking to passengers at Brockenhurst station this morning as part of their investigation into two armed robberies in the New Forest.
They're be hoping to jog the memories of commuters who regularly use the station about the first robbery which happened in the station’s south car park between 6.30 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, stopping of the HSBC bank in Brockenhurst and withdraw money. The offender then dumped his victim in the middle of the New Forest before abandoning the car on Sway Road.
As well as speaking to rail passengers, detectives will play audio of the offender that was captured in the background of a 999 call made by his second victims. An artist’s impression of the suspect and CCTV footage of his victim parking his car in the car park will also be displayed onto walls and floors at the station. Detectives hope members of the public may recognise the offender and provide them with clues about his identity.
Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Murray who is leading the investigation said: “It is fives weeks since the robber struck for the first time. Despite extensive media coverage, many members of the public remain unaware about these offences and our pro-active work today will enable us to bring it to the attention of those who regularly use the station. Our visit today also coincides 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 today, we will be able to gather information that will assist us in identifying the offender and bring him to justice.”
Anyone with information that will assist the investigation team is asked to contact the Op Prenton team on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.