Armed robbery drama at estate bookmakers

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A BOOKMAKERS was held up at gunpoint by armed robbers during a raid in Peterborough.

Two robbers targeted the Coral betting shop, in Hampton Court, Westwood, Peterborough at 7.15pm on Thursday night.

They threatened a male employee with what is believed to have been a handgun and a sawn-off shotgun.

Customers and staff were threatened and told to stay still in the shop while one of the robbers climbed over the counter.

There was only member of staff working at the shop during the time of the raid who was forced at gunpoint to fill a bag with money from the tills.

An employee from the shop said: “I got a text from my manager and it was obviously pretty shocking.

“The member of staff was pretty shaken up by it and he took the next day off work, but we expect him to be back at work next week.

“I only found out at 9pm on Thursday night. I drove down and there was nobody around, apart from the officers in the shop.

“We keep most of the money in a time-locked security box that can’t be accessed, so the only money would have been the float from the tills.”

Police have not released the details of how much cash was taken during the raid.

Once the raiders had seized the cash they fled the scene and were believed to have got into a car in Gransley Rise.

Police have now issued CCTV images of one of the suspected robbers who covered parts of his face with a pulled-up hood.

Officers have been told that the second robber was wearing a balaclava to hide his face during the raid.

Detective Sergeant Rob Norman said: “I am appealing for anyone who was in the shop at the time or in the nearby area to get in touch with police as they could have important information.

“I am also keen to speak to the man pictured or anyone who recognises him.”

Police are describing the men as being dark-skinned and wearing dark tracksuits with hooded tops.

A forensics team was sent to the shop yesterday to investigate and collect evidence.

n Anyone who witnessed or has information about the raid should contact Detective Sergeant Norman on 0345 456 4564 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.