Po­lice probe two armed raids in city

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page -

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.

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