Police hunt gunman after robbery in Weymouth

The Londis store in Abbotsbury Road
Image caption The Post Office at the Londis store was cordoned off

A masked man armed with a gun robbed a post office before threatening a police officer and hijacking a car in Dorset.

The man, who was still being hunted by police on Wednesday night, raided the Post Office in Abbotsbury Road, Weymouth, at about 1540 GMT.

Police said he escaped with cash in a Nissan Almera and threatened an officer who had tried to stop him.

He then stopped and threatened a woman in Lanehouse Rocks Lane before stealing her Saab convertible car, police said.

Detectives have since recovered both cars. They said no shots were fired during the incident and no one was injured.

Police closed Benville Road in Weymouth earlier in an effort to capture the man who was wearing a cream hooded top with dark stripes along the arms and a dark striped top underneath.

He was also described as wearing dark coloured trousers and dark shoes with a white motif across the toes. He was also wearing a balaclava and dark gloves.

Det Insp Marcus Hester, of Weymouth CID, said: "If members of the public notice anyone matching this description and anyone running, hiding or acting in a suspicious or unusual way, then I would urge them to call us straight away.

"Do not approach this man - officers are nearby and they will be able to respond immediately."

The Post Office, which is based at a Londis store, was cordoned off after the incident.

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