Dorset

'Terrifying' baseball bat robbery on Boscombe shop

Armed robbery Image copyright Dorset Police
Image caption The robbery in a Londis shop was described by police as "terrifying"

A balaclava-clad raider smashed a National Lottery box with a baseball bat before fleeing with scratch cards in a daylight robbery in Dorset.

The robber entered the Londis store in Palmerston Road, Boscombe, on Monday at 16:10 GMT and demanded money from the female cashier.

When she was unable to open the till he smashed the National Lottery box and fled with scratch cards.

Police have released a CCTV image of the robbery.

Following the raid, the masked man turned right towards St Clement's Road.

He is described as white, aged 21 to 22, 5ft 2in and of slim build.

PC Paul Humber said: "This was a terrifying ordeal for the cashier.

"I am keen to hear from anyone who may have been offered lottery scratch cards for sale in suspicious circumstances."

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