Dorset

Man charged after armed Weymouth post office raid

The Londis store in Abbotsbury Road
Image caption The Post Office at the Weymouth Londis store was raided on Wednesday afternoon

A man has been charged with several offences including possessing a firearm and robbery after a gunman raided a Dorset post office and went on the run.

Armed officers and helicopters had scoured Weymouth after the masked gunman raided the Londis store in Abbotsbury Road on Wednesday afternoon.

A man was arrested two days later in woodland near Broadmayne after a vehicle pursuit involving armed police.

Colin Douglas, 25, will appear before Weymouth magistrates on Monday.

Mr Douglas, of Weymouth, was remanded into police custody until then.

A 35-year-old Weymouth woman was also arrested on Friday night on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Another Weymouth man, a 39-year-old held on suspicion of assisting an offender, was released on police bail.

Mr Douglas was charged with the following:

  • Robbery at Abbotsbury Road Post Office on 2 March
  • Possession of a firearm while committing a schedule one offence on 2 March
  • Dangerous driving on 2 March
  • Possession of a firearm with intent to resist arrest on 2 March
  • Possession of a firearm while committing a schedule one offence specifically relating to the hijacking of a car on 2 March
  • Aggravated vehicle-taking on 2 March
  • Possession of a firearm with intent to resist arrest on 4 March

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