POLICE are linking two attempted armed robberies on Post Offices in the area.

Post Offices in Ash Vale and Aldershot have been held up at gunpoint in the last week and police now believe they are looking for the same suspect.

They have released a CD fit of the suspect, who is white, between 5ft 7in and 5ft 9in tall, and slim, with dark, greying hair.

In the latest incident in Ash Vale he wore a white baseball cap and a blue long-sleeved shirt buttoned right to the top, and carried a white plastic bag.

Surrey Police have joined forces with their Hampshire counterparts to catch the robber before he strikes again.

Surrey Police press officer Nicola Burress said: "It might be the same person. They're working on that possibility.

"He behaved in the same way for both attempted robberies — when they refused to hand money over, he ran away. It definitely looks like the same offender."

The robber struck at the Manor Estate Post Office in St Michael's Road, Aldershot, on July 15, when he handed a bag over the counter and demanded the postal worker fill it immediately.

"He produced a pistol-type handgun and pointed it directly at her at close range," said Det Con Mellish of Aldershot police.

"She was in an enclosed booth at the time so there was only glass between them."

The employee triggered the alarm to frighten the robber, who fled empty-handed.

Then on July 18 a man matching the same description marched into Ash Vale Post Office in Station Approach with a silver handgun and demanded money.

The elderly postal worker refused and called the police. The robber again ran away empty-handed.

Any witnesses or people with information should call Det Con Mellish about the Aldershot incident on 0845 0454545, or Det Con Ben Lee about the Ash Vale incident on 01483 534111.

Our picture shows Ash Vale Post Office.