POLICE are appealing for witnesses to an alleged robbery with an imitation gun at a Wellington petrol station last week.

Anyone with CCTV or dashcam footage of the incident, at the St John’s Service Station in Longforth Road, Wellington, on Saturday afternoon is asked to contact police.

Police told the Wellington Weekly News this week: “Police responded to a 999 call at about 2pm on Saturday, May 28, after an imitation firearm was used in a robbery at a petrol station in Wellington.

“We received reports that a male had entered the store and was thought to be in possession of a firearm.

“No weapon was discharged during the incident and nobody was physically injured.

“However, the offender made off with a quantity of cash and was said to have fled the area on foot in the direction of Longforth Road and Churchfields.

“Armed officers were quickly dispatched to the scene. A cordon was put in place and an area tour was conducted by officers, which led to a juvenile being arrested.

“He has since been released on conditional bail, and is not allowed to enter Wellington unless accompanied by an adult.

“A weapon matching the description of the one used in the robbery was recovered by officers during searches later on Saturday afternoon.

“Following checks it was found to be an imitation firearm.

“We’d like to reassure people there is not believed to be any ongoing risk to the public. Neighbourhood officers will also be carrying out additional high-visibility patrols.

“Witnesses, or anyone in the area at the time with CCTV or dashcam footage, are asked to call 101 and give the call-handler reference number 5222126502. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.”