CCTV appeal following knifepoint robbery at Christchurch store

Detectives investigating a knifepoint robbery at a shop in Christchurch are issuing CCTV images of the suspect.

At 6.51am today, Thursday 24 May 2018, Dorset Police received a report of a robbery at McColl’s in Somerford Road.

It was reported that a man had entered the store with a knife and demanded money from the till, before grabbing cash and leaving the scene.

Nobody was physically injured during the incident.

Officers attended and carried out a thorough search of the area. At this stage no arrests have been made.

The suspect is described as white, aged in his 20s and was wearing a black hooded top and black tracksuit bottoms.

Detective Constable Garry Weston, of Bournemouth CID, said: “This must have been a distressing incident for the member of staff who was in the store at the time and we have launched an extensive investigation to identify the suspect.

“We have made a number of enquiries into this incident, including house-to-house, a trawl of CCTV footage and examinations of the scene.

“I am also issuing CCTV images of the suspect. While I appreciate his face cannot be clearly seen, someone might recognise the clothing he is wearing and I would urge anyone who knows who he is to please contact us.

“I am also appealing to anyone who has any information about this incident to get in touch.

“Local officers from the neighbourhood policing team have been patrolling in the area to offer reassurance to the community.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at, via email or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55180078696. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via