Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 13 July 2014

Police capture robbery suspect

A man has been arrested over an armed robbery of a post office in Dorset

Police have arrested a 25-year-old man wanted in connection with the armed robbery of a post office after a chase involving armed officers, dogs and a helicopter.

Colin Douglas was caught in Dorset at 10.30pm on Friday.

Dorset Police said he was arrested in a wooded area after a vehicle crashed outside Broadmayne, near Dorchester.

Police believe the man had a gun during the pursuit and have sealed off the scene of the arrest as they search for the weapon.

Chief Superintendent Colin Stanger said on Friday night: "I'd like to thank the public for their help and support throughout what has been a long and intensive police operation.

"Our officers and staff have worked tirelessly and I'm pleased we have been able to bring this to a safe conclusion with the arrest tonight of Colin Paul Douglas.

"I'd like to stress that no shots were fired during the pursuit and subsequent arrest."

Douglas remained in police custody on Saturday.

A masked man armed with a gun robbed a post office in Abbotsbury Road, Weymouth, on Wednesday afternoon before threatening a police officer and hijacking a car.

Another Weymouth man, a 39-year-old held on suspicion of assisting an offender, has been released on bail.

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