MORE details have emerged as part of the large scale manhunt in the New Forest for a gunpoint robber who is on the loose.
The gunman who has so far struck twice in the New Forest, robbing a commuter at Brockenhurst Railway Station before driving him in a Porsche to a cashpoint and forcing him to withdraw money.
In the second incident he targeted an elderly couple in their Lymington home stealing £100 and then forcing the woman to drive around with him while he demanded more cash.
Officers have now released information he gave to his victims that they say could help the public identify the armed robber.
In conversation the offender mentioned to his first victim, on December 5, that he had lost his business five years earlier. In the second incident on December 14, the offender mentioned to his female victim that he had a wife and a child.
Detectives are also aware that a short wheel-based Land Rover with a canvas back travelled in the same direction as the Porsche as the offender sped off after leaving his victim stranded in a car park near to Rhinefield House. The abandoned Porsche was then found on the Sway Road close to Brockenhurst near to the railway bridge, exactly where the offender said he would leave it.
Officers involved in the investigation continue to follow up numerous lines of enquiry as they step up their bid to find the robber and appeal to members of the public to assist them.
Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Murray said: “Information we receive from members of the public is vitally important to us and we appeal for all the assistance they can provide us. There are key locations we would like people to focus on with regard to both robberies.
“The first is Brockenhurst railway station at around 6.30am on Wednesday, December 5. Did you travel by rail that day at that time to or from Brockenhurst? Did you see the distinctive grey Porsche 911 arrive or leave from the south car park? Did you see the vehicle travelling along Rhinefield Road or see it being left on Sway Road? And finally, did you see the car parked outside the HSBC bank on Lyndhurst Road, Brockenhurst that morning?”
“With regard to the second robbery on Friday, December 14, did you see a man acting suspiciously in the general area of Rookes Lane that morning? Did you see the silver/grey Peugeot 207 near to the Crown Inn in Everton and were you the driver of a sandy coloured 4x4 that passed the car at that location? Were you in Lymington High Street that morning and did you see the car do a u-turn? And finally, did you see a man changing his clothes in Newenham Road cul-de-sac sometime between 10.30 and 11am where the Peugeot was left?”
Anyone who feels they have information, no matter how insignificant it might appear to be, is asked to contact 101 or the Crimestoppers line anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting Operation Prenton.