Two armed robberies have been reported in Basingstoke in the past five days involving a Balaclava-clad man threatening cashiers with knife, police have said.

Police have released two CCTV images from the two robberies, and have appealed to the public to come forward with any information they may have.

The first incident is said to have taken place between 9.30pm and 9.37pm on Saturday, November 20.

Hampshire Constabulary said a man wearing a balaclava entered the One Stop store on Sark Way in Popley and threatened a female cashier with a knife.

The man started shouting at the woman and told her to give him money from the till.

He also screamed at a member of the public and told them not to phone the police.

The man then allegedly stole £101 in cash and made off on foot.

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The second incident is said to have taken place at around 9.40pm on Tuesday, November 23.

A man, who was wearing a black balaclava and carrying a JD Sports bag, entered the One Stop store on Guinea Court in Chineham and threatened a staff member with a knife, police said.

The suspect allegedly demanded money from the till and made off with £257 in cash and 6 x 50g packets of tobacco.

The man is described as being between 5ft 6ins and 5ft 7ins tall and was wearing a green jacket and a black balaclava.

According to Hampshire Constabulary, the two robberies are believed to be linked.
Officers have released CCTV images and are also appealing for witnesses and information.

A spokesperson for police said: “Do you recognise the man in the images?

“Were you in either area during the times mentioned above? Did you see anything suspicious?

“If you recognise the man, or saw or heard what happened, contact us on 101 quoting 44210467133.

“Alternatively, go online and submit information via this link:"