POLICE have issued a CCTV image after an attempted knifepoint robbery - and say they are connecting the incident to three others raids in Hampshire.

Officers say latest incident happened at Marchwood Co-Op on Monday, February 5.

Using a dark scarf to hide his face, the man entered the shop between 9pm and 9.36pm and threatened staff with a knife.

He demanded cash and cigarettes, but left empty handed.

Police are hunting the man in relation to this incident, which they believe could be linked to a recent spate of shop robberies in the area.

These include Bargain Booze in Southampton on January 14, Mason’s in Totton on January 25, and the Coop in Bransgore on January 28.

A 37-year-old man from Southampton and a 30-year-old man from Totton have been arrested on suspicion of robbery.

They have been released from custody but remain under investigation.

Police say the man in the image is:

• White

• Slim/slight build

• 5ft 9ins to 6ft tall

• Aged 20 to 40 years old

• Wearing a dark coat underneath a navy/black hooded top, with the hood up

• Wearing a teal baseball cap with a circular silver logo/sticker on the peak

• Carrying a black rucksack

• Face partially covered over mouth and nose with a dark scarf

Staff and members of the public who work in or visit convenience stores are asked to remain vigilant and not to approach the suspect if seen.

If you recognise the man in the CCTV images or have been offered cigarettes and alcohol for sale in suspicious circumstances, please call 101 quoting 44180017880.

Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.