Derby

Police link robberies at multiple travel agents

Image caption Seven robberies were carried out between December 2009 and July 2010

Police have released CCTV footage of a man wanted in connection with robberies in Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Lancashire.

Seven robberies were carried out between 19 December 2009 and 5 July 2010 at travel agents.

It is thought the same man, armed with a screwdriver was involved in incidents in Littleover and Buxton, police said.

The suspect was described as white, aged about 40 to 50, with gaunt features and a pock-marked face.

The robberies took place predominantly at branches of Co-op Travel.

The latest incident was on Monday at Thomson in High Street, Stone, Staffordshire, at about 1510 BST.

Previous offences were committed in Fleetwood and Colne in Lancashire, Littleover and Buxton in Derbyshire, and Leek and Newcastle-under-Lyme in Staffordshire, police confirmed.

The suspect is thought to be driving a silver Vauxhall Zafira.

The offender has threatened members of staff and customers but so far no-one has been hurt.

Det Sgt Neil Waterhouse of Staffordshire Police said: "He is armed with a screwdriver and a screwdriver can be a lethal weapon.

"We are concerned that the robberies may turn into something more violent in the future."

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