Armed robber who sparked manhunt in Dorset jailed

Colin Douglas
Image caption Douglas was arrested in a wooded area following a police pursuit

A man who sparked a two-day police manhunt after raiding a Dorset post office and then threatening a police officer with a gun has been jailed.

Colin Douglas, 26, stole £28,000 from a post office in Weymouth on 2 March, Dorchester Crown Court heard.

Douglas, of no fixed abode, was arrested in a wooded area near Whitcombe Stables on 4 March, following a police pursuit, the court was told.

He was convicted after a trial and received an indeterminate sentence.

Armed officers and helicopters had scoured Weymouth after Douglas raided the Londis store in Abbotsbury Road.

Two days before the raid Douglas had robbed a Portland taxi driver with a handgun before tying him up, the court heard.

Douglas, who must serve a minimum of nine years before he is eligible for parole, was sentenced for a total of 18 offences, which as well as the two robberies, included using a firearm with intent, arson, burglary and aggravated vehicle-taking.

Following the conviction, Det Supt Colin Stanger, head of CID at Dorset Police, described Douglas as a "dangerous man" who was a "great risk to the public".

He said: "I would like to thank the Weymouth community for the brilliant response during the hunt for Douglas and throughout the investigation and court cases.

"I would also like to acknowledge the bravery of our officers, who made a night-time arrest of an armed man in a wooded area."

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