Reward of £25,000 over Weymouth post office gun raid

Colin Douglas
Image caption Dorset Police want to trace Colin Douglas from Weymouth

A reward of up to £25,000 has been offered to find a man wanted by police over an armed robbery in Dorset.

Officers want to trace Colin Douglas, 25, of Weymouth, about Wednesday's raid on a post office inside the Londis store in Abbotsbury Road.

A police officer was threatened with a gun and a woman's car was stolen.

The Post Office has put up the reward for information about his whereabouts. Police have warned people not to approach Mr Douglas.

Det Ch Supt Colin Stanger said: "I hope that this cash reward will encourage anyone with information that will help us to apprehend Colin Douglas to come forward.

"I am issuing a fresh appeal to Colin's friends and family to do the right thing and help us to find him as soon as possible, both for his own safety and the safety of the public.

Air rifle found

"I would also like to reiterate that anyone found to be helping, harbouring, or in any way aiding Colin Douglas will be arrested."

Mr Douglas is described as white, about 6ft, clean shaven with short, dark brown hair. He also has a tattoo of a tiger on his left arm.

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

Armed police and helicopters scoured the seaside town after the masked man carrying a gun raided the post office at about 1540 GMT.

The robber escaped in a Nissan Almera car and threatened a police officer with a gun when he tried to stop him. The man then threatened a woman before stealing her Saab convertible car.

No shots were fired during the incident and no-one was injured. Detectives later recovered both cars and an air rifle.

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

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