A NEWSAGENT and convenience story was cordoned off by police after cash and cigarettes were stolen in a robbery.

McColl's in Totton was closed off just after 6am by officers after four men entered the store and threatened staff.

The group then stole cigarettes and cash before fleeing the scene.

The shop entrance, on Longstock Crescent, was cordoned off with police tape.

It has been reported that an ambulance was seen outside the store, before 8am but no one has been injured.

Officers later discovered a a bag containing cigarettes that had been stolen from the store.

Residents said that a number of police cars arrived at the scene of the incident around 8.45am.

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One resident of Longstock Crescent said: "I looked out of my window just before 8am this morning and there was an ambulance there outside the shop.

"Soon after that, at around quarter to nine, I saw a couple of police cars all turned up and it is now closed.

"Someone told me there had been a robbery, but it is all hearsay at the moment."

Another resident added: "I went to get my paper this morning and it was all tapped off with a police car outside.

"I do hope it is nothing serious and no one is hurt, this has been happening an awful lot around here recently."

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Police are now appealing for witnesses to come forward with any information.

A spokesperson from Hampshire Constabulary said: "Officers attended McColl's in Longstock Crescent, after receiving a call from a member of the public at 6.13am today (Monday 11 February).

"Four men entered the store, threatened staff and stole cash and cigarettes.

"No-one was injured.

"Officers later recovered a bag containing cigarettes that had been stolen from the store.

"Detectives are investigating this incident and would like to hear from anyone with information about what happened."

Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting Operation Assessment.