Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Fourth arrest over Brockenhurst and Lymington armed robberies

An artist's impression of the Lymington and Brockenhurst armed robber
Image caption An artist's impression of the suspect has been released

A fourth man has been arrested in connection with 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.

A 36-year man from Totton was arrested earlier and is in custody. Two other men are on bail while another has been released without charge.

A reward of up to £5,000 has been offered by Crimestoppers for information leading to a conviction, while an artist's impression of the suspect has also been released.

During the armed robbery in Lymington, a man in swimming goggles threatened a couple at their home before stealing their car and forcing the woman, in her 60s, to go with him.

Abandoned Porsche

He drove around the town demanding money before releasing her 15 minutes later and fleeing with £100.

At Brockenhurst station a man was forced into his Porsche 911 Carrera at gunpoint and made to drive to a bank in the town and forced to withdraw a large quantity of money.

The offender then sped off, leaving his victim stranded in a car park. The Porsche was later found abandoned.

A 44-year-old man from Lymington who was arrested by police was later released without further action.

A 44-year-old man from New Milton and a 48-year-old man from Lymington remain on police bail until February.

The reward is also being offered in connection with an armed robbery at a post office in Highcliffe, Dorset, on 18 December.

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

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