Police probe two armed raids in city
MASKED raiders armed with a gun and knife threatened staff and customers in a raid on a Whittlesey bookmakers.
The two raiders made off with several hundred pounds in cash after the robbery at 8pm on Wednesday.
The armed men entered Ladbrokes, in Whitmore Street, Whittlesey, and one used a knife to threaten a customer.
Meanwhile, the other man headed for the counter and threatened two members of staff with what detectives believe to have been a handgun.
They demanded money and staff handed over several hundred pounds, before the men left the shop.
Neither of the staff were injured but both were left shaken.
Detective sergeant Matt Swash, said: “We want to hear from anyone who may have seen these men entering or leaving the store or anyone who knows who may be responsible.
“This was a terrifying incident for those involved and any information could be vital in bringing the offenders to justice.”
In the aftermath of the raid, officers carried out house-to-house enquiries and a forensic examination was undertaken.
However, it is not known how the men made their escape and police are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen how they left and in which direction they went.
The shop was open as normal yesterday and the staff were back at work.
A spokesperson for Ladbrokes said: “An incident such as this is always distressing for our customers and staff.
“We have the best security measures and CCTV in the business and are working with the police to investigate the incident.”
The offenders are both described as black and were wearing all black clothing, with scarves covering their mouths.
The man who threatened the betting shop staff is described as 5ft 4ins tall and skinny. He was wearing a large dark coat.
The raid comes less than a month after a similar incident at a Ladbrokes, in Hampton Vale, Peterborough.
A man threatened staff with a knife, before making off with cash. Police have refused to rule out a link between the raids.
A police spokesperson said: “We are keeping an open mind at this stage.”
Anyone with information should call 0345 456 456 4 or call Crime-stoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
SCENE: The Ladbrokes shop in Whitmore Street, Whittlesey, where armed raiders threatened staff.