Hampshire police release man arrested over gunpoint robberies in Brockenhurst and Lymington

Daily Echo: CCTV image of the armed robber at the Post Office in Highcliffe CCTV image of the armed robber at the Post Office in Highcliffe

A MAN arrested over two Hampshire gunpoint robberies has been released without charge.

Detectives had quizzed the 44-year-old Lymington man since Thursday afternoon about an armed raid in Brockenhurst on December 4, and another in Lymington ten days later.

Police were yesterday given more time to hold the suspect, but he has now been released and told no further action will be taken against him.

He was the third person to be arrested over the two attacks.

A 48-year-old man from Lymington and a 44-year-old New Milton man were held last Sunday, before being released on police bail, pending further enquiries, until February.

Detectives are continuing the manhunt, and are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

As reported, the first robbery happened at around 6.30am shortly after the victim had parked his Porsche at Brockenhurst railway station.

The gunman, who had lain in wait against a bush on the other side of the busy main road, approached him in the car park and ordered him back into the car.

They then drove around the New Forest 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.

Police are also linking the two incidents with an armed raid on a Post Office raid in Lymington Road, Highcliffe, on Tuesday.

Anyone with information should call the Operation Prenton team on 101.

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4:52pm Sun 23 Dec 12

Of the Ilk says...

"Detectives had quizzed the 44-year-old Lymington man since Thursday afternoon about an armed raid in Brockenhurst" - this is an inappropriate phrase the Echo keep using. The police do not hold game shows in the interview room, they question suspects.
"Detectives had quizzed the 44-year-old Lymington man since Thursday afternoon about an armed raid in Brockenhurst" - this is an inappropriate phrase the Echo keep using. The police do not hold game shows in the interview room, they question suspects. Of the Ilk
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5:11pm Sun 23 Dec 12

BerryMan says...

Of the Ilk wrote:
"Detectives had quizzed the 44-year-old Lymington man since Thursday afternoon about an armed raid in Brockenhurst" - this is an inappropriate phrase the Echo keep using. The police do not hold game shows in the interview room, they question suspects.
GET A LIFE!!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Of the Ilk[/bold] wrote: "Detectives had quizzed the 44-year-old Lymington man since Thursday afternoon about an armed raid in Brockenhurst" - this is an inappropriate phrase the Echo keep using. The police do not hold game shows in the interview room, they question suspects.[/p][/quote]GET A LIFE!!!!!!! BerryMan
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8:14pm Sun 23 Dec 12

Of the Ilk says...

BerryMan wrote:
Of the Ilk wrote:
"Detectives had quizzed the 44-year-old Lymington man since Thursday afternoon about an armed raid in Brockenhurst" - this is an inappropriate phrase the Echo keep using. The police do not hold game shows in the interview room, they question suspects.
GET A LIFE!!!!!!!
Someone raises a valid point and you resort to abuse.
[quote][p][bold]BerryMan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Of the Ilk[/bold] wrote: "Detectives had quizzed the 44-year-old Lymington man since Thursday afternoon about an armed raid in Brockenhurst" - this is an inappropriate phrase the Echo keep using. The police do not hold game shows in the interview room, they question suspects.[/p][/quote]GET A LIFE!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Someone raises a valid point and you resort to abuse. Of the Ilk
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9:13am Mon 24 Dec 12

richieroo says...

Do they question suspects OR interview them?. Either way it's just nit picking lol!. ;-)
Do they question suspects OR interview them?. Either way it's just nit picking lol!. ;-) richieroo
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11:26am Mon 24 Dec 12

MoanLess says...

That first comment is absolutely ridiculous. I feel so sorry for those around you...
That first comment is absolutely ridiculous. I feel so sorry for those around you... MoanLess
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