A KNIFE-wielding robber sparked a manhunt after an armed raid on a Totton store.

Officers and dog units were called to the Co-op store on Rumbridge Street on Sunday (December 16) after a man armed with a knife carried out a raid.

The man entered the store at around 8.45pm and made demands for money before pulling open the tills and stealing cash.

It was reported to police that the man was holding a knife at the time.

The man fled the scene sparking a hunt with the use of police dogs.

Totton police and Armed Response Vehicle (ARV) units, who were in the area but unarmed, were called to the scene.

A police dog discovered the man in nearby Junction Road, where he was arrested on suspicion of robbery.

A spokesperson from Hampshire Constabulary said: "Local units spotted a man on Junction Road, Totton who was wanted in connection with a robbery at the Co-op on Rumbridge Street, Totton on Sunday, 16 December.

"Police dog Ernie assisted in the arrest, as well as ARV units who were in the area.

"The officers were not operating in an armed capacity.

"A 27-year-old man from Southampton was arrested on suspicion of robbery and is currently in police custody."