Police have arrested three men after CCTV images were released of an armed robbery that took place at an Esso garage in Portland, Dorset on December 12.

The CCTV images show four men who allegedly threatened a male member of staff using a knife, an axe and a baseball bat before making off with cigarettes, tobacco and a quantity of cash - the amount of which is not being revealed.

The member of staff was punched and kicked by the men and sustained minor injuries.

The robbers left the premises but dropped cigarettes and tobacco on the way.

Detective Constable Tracey Cambridge, of Weymouth CID, said: “This was a terrifying ordeal for the member of staff and we are determined to find those responsible.”

The three men who were arrested are now out on bail but the police are still keen for witnesses or anyone with any information to come forward.