Police have launched an appeal to the public following two robberies in Salisbury and Tidworth on the 15th of January. At 2.15 am on the 15th of January, a burglary was reported to Police at the Nisa shop in Winterslow, Salisbury.

A window was smashed, Police believe this to be with a sledgehammer. The 27-year-old attempted to gain access to the cigarettes cabinet. The suspects drove off in a dark vehicle, an eye-witness said.

Another burglary was reported later that day, at the Spar shop in Beech Hill, Tidworth. It is also believed by police that the suspects used a sledgehammer to gain access to the building, cigarettes and alcohol were stolen.

Officers later carried out searches of the area for the vehicle, it was found crashed into a tree near the A338 at 2.45am, a sledgehammer and cigarettes were found in the vehicle.

A 21-year-old man was arrested near the scene of suspicion of burglary and was taken to Melksham custody for questions. He was later released under investigation.

Anyone with information should call 101 and quote crime reference number 54190004598. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.