Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Southampton knifepoint raids: Police release CCTV

Ladbrokes robber armed with knife
Image caption During the raid at Ladbrokes members of staff were threatened with a knife

Police investigating four knifepoint robberies in Southampton have released CCTV footage of a man they want to trace.

Police are seeking Sid Pumford, 31, of Sullivan Road, Southampton, in connection with the raids.

Ch Insp Kelly Whiting warned that Mr Pumford, who was unmasked during one of the robberies, was "a risk to others".

Victor Lindsay, 53, of Linacre Road, Southampton, has been charged with another of the robberies.

Two men, aged 18 and 26, have also been arrested and released on bail until 10 June.

Officers are also keen to speak to Charlotte "Lottie" Brown, 18, of Redcote Close, Southampton.

'Struggle with staff'

The first raid was at Costa Coffee in Antelope Park on Friday.

The others were on Sunday at Thornhill Newsagent in Thornhill Park Road, Ladbrokes in Butts Road, and Grande Wines, also in Thornhill Park Road.

Mr Lindsay was charged in connection with the robbery at Grande Wines.

Image caption A man police believe to be Sid Pumford, lost his hat, scarf and jacket in a scuffle

A scuffle broke out at the bookmakers before a man thought by police to be Sid Pumford fled with an undisclosed amount of money.

Footage shows the suspect after he lost his hat, scarf and jacket in the struggle.

Ch Insp Whiting, of Hampshire Constabulary, said: "I would urge anyone who thinks they know where [Mr Pumford] is to not approach him directly but to call the police on 101.

"I'd also like to appeal to him directly to hand himself in and consider the consequences of any continuation of this situation on his family and friends."

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