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Monday 25 September 2017, 4:27 PM

A man has been arrested in connection with three robberies in the Cotswolds and Stroud last week.

The 35-year-old man from Stroud was arrested in the early hours of this morning, Monday 25 September, on suspicion of robbery and remains in custody at this time.

The three offences took place around 6pm on Wednesday (20/9) at Chesterton Stores on Countess Lilias Road in Cirencester, at around 12pm on Friday (22/9) at Chalford Village Shop in Tankards Spring, High Street, Chalford in Stroud, and shortly after 3.20pm on Saturday (23/9) at Beeches Stores on Upper Churnside, Cirencester.

We are appealing for any witnesses to the incidents including sightings of a small red van near to the scene around the specified times.

Crime Team Detective Inspector Wayne Usher said: "I would like to reassure the public that we have acted swiftly to make an arrest in connection with these incidents.

"Officers have worked with local businesses to provide support and reassurance and we have also increased patrols in the area.

"We are still appealing for witnesses or anyone in the local area where the incidents took place who might have private CCTV which could help our investigation to contact us.

"We are also keen to hear from anyone who may have seen a small red van around the time of the three incidents."

Please call police on 101 or email 101@gloucestershire.police.uk and quote incident 166 of 22/9. You can also give information anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.