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Hunt still on for New Forest gunman
5:00am Wednesday 26th December 2012 in News
POLICE are today renewing their appeal to help them track down the gunman who is behind a number of robberies across Hampshire.
As exclusively revealed by the Daily Echo, Crimestoppers put up a £5,000 reward on Christmas Eve in a bid to track down a gunman who has terrorised people in the New Forest.
The money will be paid to anyone with information that could lead to the arrest and conviction of the culprit.
Although three men have been arrested over the last two weeks, no one has been charged in connection with the robberies in Brockenhurst and Lymington.
As previously reported, the first robbery happened at around 6.30am on December 4 shortly after the victim had parked his Porsche at Brockenhurst Railway Station.
The gunman, who laid in wait against a bush on the other side of the main road, approached him in the car park and ordered him back into the car.
They then drove around before the robber forced the man to withdraw and hand over a “significant” amount of cash.
The victim was then dumped in a Forest car park, with his vehicle left nearby.
In the second attack, a husband and wife were held hostage in their own home by the gunman, who then drove the 64-year-old woman around Lymington before returning her home.
In an exclusive interview, she told the Daily Echo she berated her captor as the “most hopeless criminal” she’d ever met.
Hampshire ’ s major investigation unit has been working around the clock to track down the gunman and has even held a public meeting to reassure worried residents.
Detectives have already arrested a 48-year-old man from Lymington and a 44-year-old New Milton man over the raids. They have been released on police bail, pending inquiries, until February.