POLICE are hunting a man who robbed a Winchester garage armed with a knife.

The man entered Pittvale Garage on Romsey Road on Thursday at about 7pm and demanded money from the till.

The offender demanded money from the till but agreed to take three packets of tobacco valued at around £20 when he was told the there was no cash.

After leaving the garage he walked towards the city centre.

The man was wearing a hooded top and scarf to cover his face and is described as white, about 5ft 6ins and of slight build.

He was wearing a grey hooded top with a black pattern on it, black tracksuit bottoms and trainers.

Detective Constable Steve Roman, said: “This petrol station is located off of a roundabout on the road that leads to Hursley. The site is secluded and set back from the road but is well illuminated.

“I am appealing for anyone who may have seen the offender in the Romsey Road area to come forward and speak to us. I would urge anyone with any information to get in touch with us at the earliest opportunity.”

Anyone with information should contact Det Con Roman at North Walls CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.