Could CCTV image show the New Forest gunman?

Daily Echo: The robber in Highcliffe, who could be the same person terrorising the New Forest The robber in Highcliffe, who could be the same person terrorising the New Forest

THEY are pieces of a jigsaw police hope will lead them to the gunman who has brought terror to Hampshire.

Detectives have revealed they believe an armed robber who held up a driver at a railway station and ten days later kidnapped a woman from her home could be a married dad facing a desperate financial crisis this Christmas.

They think, from conversations he had with his victims who he threatened to shoot, he could also be a failed New Forest businessman whose company went bust five years ago.

Today the Daily Echo can reveal bizarre new details about both robberies as well as the fact Hampshire police are nowliaising with colleagues in Dorset over whether a gunman who held up a post office in Highcliffe on Tuesday could also be their man.

Detectives leading the New Forest’s biggest manhunt have also released a chilling recording of the gunman, extracted from a 999 call from one of the victims, and made an urgent plea to anyone who knows him to do the right thing – help them find him.

It was around 6.30am on December 5 when the robber first struck in Brockenhurst train station car park.

Laying in wait against a bush on the opposite side of the road, he pounces as his victim arrives, parks his Porsche and makes his way towards the station.

Brandishing the gun, he orders the man back into the passenger seat of the car, takes the keys and drives off towards Lymington.

Moments later he turns around, drives his victim back to the HSBC bank in Brockenhurst and demands he withdraw a large sum of cash.

He then drives the man out to a remote car park off Rhinefield Road, steals his iPhone and dumps him there – after arranging to leave the Porsche, with its keys hidden, at the side of the road in nearby Sway.

Nine days later, on Friday, December 14, the gunman struck again while his victims, a 64-year-old woman and a man aged 70, were at home in Rookes Lane, Lymington.

This time he was wearing what are thought to be swimming goggles, a distinctive orange fluorescent top, a beanie style hat and a tartan scarf.

Police know that shortly before, at around 10am, he had been seen in nearby Ridgeway Road where he wandered into the driveway of a home but was disturbed by the owner who shouted at him from a window.

The robber claimed he was lost, was looking for another house and then left. Just over 30 minutes later he struck – confronting the woman in the driveway of her home and marching her at gunpoint back inside.

It was then that the chilling voice of the gunman – which can be heard here – was relayed to police during a 999 call.

In it he can be heard telling the male victim: “I’m going to leave you here, I’m going to take your wife...

you can ring the police in two minutes, we’ll be round the corner.”

He then kidnapped the woman and forced her into the passenger seat of her Peugeot 207 car before taking her on a ten-minute drive towards the village of Everton where they had a near-miss with a sandy-coloured 4x4 at the narrow junction of West Lane.

Having been convinced by his victim not to dump her in the Forest, he made the bizarre decision to drive her home again – stopping to collect his bag that he had left behind – before he drove off and abandoned the car just yards away in Newenham Road.

There he stripped to his underpants before changing into a dark jacket and trousers and escaping on foot.

A - 6.30am, December 5. Gunman strikes and threatens to shoot victim at Brockenhurst Railway
Station.

B - HSBC, Brockenhurst, where victim is forced to withdraw a large sum of money

C - Puttles Bridge car park, where victim is dumped from his own Porsche and gunman drives off.

D - Railway bridge, where gunman dumps the Porsche, having agreed with the victim to leave it there with the keys.

E - 10am, Friday, December 14. Ridgeway Lane, Lymington. Gunman acting suspiciously in the driveway of a home, dressed in orange fluorescent top and wearing goggles.

F - 10.45am. Rookes Lane. Gunman strikes at home of couple and threatens to shoot, punching man aged 70 andkidnapping his wife, 64.

G - Crown Inn, West Lane, Everton. Robber is behind the wheel of couple’s Peugeot 207
with victim in passenger seat. They have a near-miss with a sandy-coloured 4x4.

H - Newenham Road. After dropping victim home and fleeing with £100 cash he dumps couple’s car and then strips to his underpants before changing his clothes and making off on foot.

Post Office Raid - Is it the New Forest gunman?

Daily Echo: The Highcliffe Robber

AN armed raider burst into a Highcliffe Post Office in Lymington Road and demanded cash in front of horrified customers.

He escaped with an undisclosed sum of money after the raid on Tuesday at 9.30am.

The man, whose face was covered with a scarf, fled in the direction of Christchurch.

The post office – which is just eight miles away from where a gunman struck in Lymington – was closed for the rest of the morning to allow officers to gather evidence.

The offender is described as white, in his 40s, around 6ft and of medium build. He was wearing  a black anorak, a black beanie hat with a grey stripe, greyrimmed glasses and a black scarf over his face.

 

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10:04am Thu 20 Dec 12

Sovietobserver says...

These three linked incidents have at least one common factor.
1. Point D where the Porsche was left has easy access by foot to a secluded car park at Brockenhust Manor Golf Club in two different directions.
2.Point H off of Rookes Lane is also a short walk from Woodside Gardens, which also has a secluded car park.
3. Highcliffe Post Office is only yards away from the car park to the rear of Highcliffe Medical Centre, which also has a relatively secluded car park.
It is more than likely that this gunman has used his own vehicle at these locations so as to be seen by a minimum number of people.
What is a mystery is what was his reason to use West Lane in Everton,a particularly narrow road.
Just one conclusion is that that lane is the first exit route to enable one to travel Northwards of the A337, at the first opportunity, after leaving Lymington Westwards.
Two reasons for that could be to play for time by taking a circular route back to Lymington via Wainsford, or to continue on to , for some reason, to Hordle or even New Milton.
For some unknown reason he has done this and returned directly back to near the scene, all within fifteen minutes.
He obviously has good local knowledge, and most likely has access to maps for meticulous planning.
These three linked incidents have at least one common factor. 1. Point D where the Porsche was left has easy access by foot to a secluded car park at Brockenhust Manor Golf Club in two different directions. 2.Point H off of Rookes Lane is also a short walk from Woodside Gardens, which also has a secluded car park. 3. Highcliffe Post Office is only yards away from the car park to the rear of Highcliffe Medical Centre, which also has a relatively secluded car park. It is more than likely that this gunman has used his own vehicle at these locations so as to be seen by a minimum number of people. What is a mystery is what was his reason to use West Lane in Everton,a particularly narrow road. Just one conclusion is that that lane is the first exit route to enable one to travel Northwards of the A337, at the first opportunity, after leaving Lymington Westwards. Two reasons for that could be to play for time by taking a circular route back to Lymington via Wainsford, or to continue on to , for some reason, to Hordle or even New Milton. For some unknown reason he has done this and returned directly back to near the scene, all within fifteen minutes. He obviously has good local knowledge, and most likely has access to maps for meticulous planning. Sovietobserver

10:43am Thu 20 Dec 12

Huey says...

modern day highwayman
modern day highwayman Huey

10:44am Thu 20 Dec 12

bazzeroz says...

Once again 'brilliant' cctv pictures...... not! You can talk on skype etc all around the world with clearer pictures than this. Cheap set ups.
Once again 'brilliant' cctv pictures...... not! You can talk on skype etc all around the world with clearer pictures than this. Cheap set ups. bazzeroz

10:45am Thu 20 Dec 12

bazzeroz says...

ps. Looks more like some little old lady collecting her pension.
ps. Looks more like some little old lady collecting her pension. bazzeroz

11:00am Thu 20 Dec 12

sotonwinch09 says...

That's a stone island jacket.
That's a stone island jacket. sotonwinch09

11:11am Thu 20 Dec 12

WECOMING4U says...

Guy Whittingham?
Guy Whittingham? WECOMING4U

12:06pm Thu 20 Dec 12

Hdg end mo says...

Dozy plod do what you get paid to do and catch this plank
Dozy plod do what you get paid to do and catch this plank Hdg end mo

12:57pm Thu 20 Dec 12

boobooj says...

Sounds like the most polite and middle-class armed robber you'll ever have the misfortune of meeting! A modern day gentleman-thief.
Sounds like the most polite and middle-class armed robber you'll ever have the misfortune of meeting! A modern day gentleman-thief. boobooj

1:19pm Thu 20 Dec 12

ToastyTea says...

sotonwinch09 wrote:
That's a stone island jacket.
probably one the horrible fake ones that seem to be knocking around these days.
[quote][p][bold]sotonwinch09[/bold] wrote: That's a stone island jacket.[/p][/quote]probably one the horrible fake ones that seem to be knocking around these days. ToastyTea

1:23pm Thu 20 Dec 12

cliffwalker says...

I would guess that post offices get more attention from robbers than other small retail establishments. It seems absolutely pointless to have security cameras with this level of picture quality. When potential thieves see these sort of pictures in the media, it's just an encouragement to them as they can see how unlikely they are to be identified by the "security" pictures.
I would guess that post offices get more attention from robbers than other small retail establishments. It seems absolutely pointless to have security cameras with this level of picture quality. When potential thieves see these sort of pictures in the media, it's just an encouragement to them as they can see how unlikely they are to be identified by the "security" pictures. cliffwalker

3:25pm Thu 20 Dec 12

Subject48 says...

im sure csi miami can enhance those right!? I seen the show i know what can be done!!!
im sure csi miami can enhance those right!? I seen the show i know what can be done!!! Subject48

3:32pm Thu 20 Dec 12

bernard7 says...

@Cliffwalker can you please provide evidence towards your claim that the post office gets more attention than other small retail establishments?

Otherwise your comment is completely pointless.

However, you make a good point about the CCTV cameras, i didn't know cameras that bad still existed!
@Cliffwalker can you please provide evidence towards your claim that the post office gets more attention than other small retail establishments? Otherwise your comment is completely pointless. However, you make a good point about the CCTV cameras, i didn't know cameras that bad still existed! bernard7

3:50pm Thu 20 Dec 12

richieroo says...

Subject48 wrote:
im sure csi miami can enhance those right!? I seen the show i know what can be done!!!
LOL!. I think our local coppers are more Keystone rather than C.S.I. !!!.
[quote][p][bold]Subject48[/bold] wrote: im sure csi miami can enhance those right!? I seen the show i know what can be done!!![/p][/quote]LOL!. I think our local coppers are more Keystone rather than C.S.I. !!!. richieroo

6:28pm Thu 20 Dec 12

cliffwalker says...

bernard7 wrote:
@Cliffwalker can you please provide evidence towards your claim that the post office gets more attention than other small retail establishments?

Otherwise your comment is completely pointless.

However, you make a good point about the CCTV cameras, i didn't know cameras that bad still existed!
I guessed; I didn't make a claim. If you know better, I'd like to hear about it.
[quote][p][bold]bernard7[/bold] wrote: @Cliffwalker can you please provide evidence towards your claim that the post office gets more attention than other small retail establishments? Otherwise your comment is completely pointless. However, you make a good point about the CCTV cameras, i didn't know cameras that bad still existed![/p][/quote]I guessed; I didn't make a claim. If you know better, I'd like to hear about it. cliffwalker

6:16am Fri 21 Dec 12

Lockssmart says...

Looks like "The Hooded Claw"
Looks like "The Hooded Claw" Lockssmart

7:36am Fri 21 Dec 12

Sarah HG says...

boobooj wrote:
Sounds like the most polite and middle-class armed robber you'll ever have the misfortune of meeting! A modern day gentleman-thief.
I think you'll find the husband whose face was black and blue from being hit wouldn't agree with him being a gent .
[quote][p][bold]boobooj[/bold] wrote: Sounds like the most polite and middle-class armed robber you'll ever have the misfortune of meeting! A modern day gentleman-thief.[/p][/quote]I think you'll find the husband whose face was black and blue from being hit wouldn't agree with him being a gent . Sarah HG

11:24am Fri 21 Dec 12

bobbyboy says...

Even though the CCTV is bad the clothing should be recognizable, Jacket with badge hat with band he just might be dumb enough to walk out of his abode with it on there again he's proberly reading these blogs and having a great laugh. The main message we must send out is that the Keystone Cops( richieroo's quote) dont get reduced any futher or a **** sight more of these activities may kick off by copycats.Message to the Locals dont hide behind closed doors and windows/curtains you might just get the chance to re-act before he gets another chance.
Even though the CCTV is bad the clothing should be recognizable, Jacket with badge hat with band he just might be dumb enough to walk out of his abode with it on there again he's proberly reading these blogs and having a great laugh. The main message we must send out is that the Keystone Cops( richieroo's quote) dont get reduced any futher or a **** sight more of these activities may kick off by copycats.Message to the Locals dont hide behind closed doors and windows/curtains you might just get the chance to re-act before he gets another chance. bobbyboy

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