Woman threatened with a handgun at Verwood supermarket

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A 59-year-old woman has been threatened with a handgun during an attempted robbery in Dorset, police say.

The incident took place in Morrisons car park on Chiltern Drive, Verwood, on Friday evening.

A man aged about 30 to 40 threatened a woman and demanded money as she was getting into her car. She screamed and he fled the scene.

The suspect is described as white, of medium build, with a northern accent, wearing a black woollen hat and gloves.

'No link'

Officers said they were not linking this incident to an armed robbery at a post office in Highcliffe on 18 December, or to two armed robberies and a kidnapping in Hampshire.

A robber held a man at gunpoint at Brockenhurst railway station on 5 December.

And on 14 December, police believe the same man drove a woman around Lymington at gunpoint after raiding her home.

Police said they were "keeping an open mind" as to whether the Highcliffe robbery was linked to the Lymington and Brockenhurst incidents.

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