Man held af­ter book­ies theft

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update - By ADAM UREN adam.uren@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk

A MAN has been ar­rested af­ter cash was stolen from a bet­ting shop – the third time a book­ies in the city has been hit in a month.

Co­ral bookmakers, in East­field Road, be­came the lat­est vic­tim when a man snatched cash from an open till at around 10.40am yes­ter­day.

The in­ci­dent came just two days af­ter Lad­brokes bookmakers, in Whit­more Road, Whit­tle­sey was robbed at 8pm on Wed­nes­day, by two raiders armed with a knife and what is thought to be a hand­gun. An­other Lad­brokes shop was robbed in Four Chim­neys Cres­cent, Hampton Vale, on May 5, by a man armed with a knife.

Po­lice say bookmakers are of­ten seen as easy tar­gets be­cause it is as­sumed that they keep a lot of cash on the premises.

But DCI Jon Hutchinson, head of CID in Peter­bor­ough, warned that raiders stand a high chance of be­ing caught.

He said: “They have some of the high­est se­cu­rity mea­sures there are and the ma­jor­ity of them em­ploy se­cu­rity ad­vi­sors. This means that it is of­ten eas­ier to trace the of­fender be­cause of mea­sures like CCTV.”

A spokesper­son for Co­ral said: “There’s never as much money on site as peo­ple would be­lieve.”

A spokesman for Lad­brokes added: “Bet­ting shops see a lot of money chang­ing hands but peo­ple would be fool­ish to tar­get them.

“We have ex­cel­lent CCTV and a 24/7 se­cu­rity team which can view any of our 2,000 shops at any time and re­spond to in­ci­dents im­me­di­ately. We also have nu­mer­ous other se­cu­rity mea­sures in place.”

Around five cus­tomers and two staff mem­bers were in the Co­ral shop when the man stole the cash, be­fore run­ning off in the di­rec­tion of Cavendish Street. He is not thought to have been armed and peo­ple in the shop were left shocked but un­hurt. The bookmakers closed while scenes of crime of­fi­cers car­ried out in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

Cus­tomer Paul Sharp (61), of Al­der­man’s Drive, heard about the drama when he vis­ited the book­ies af­ter the in­ci­dent. He said: “The woman I spoke to was quite shaken up, but not hurt.” Build­ing sur­veyor War­ren Hold­er­shaw (42), work­ing on a nearby prop­erty, added: “Con­sid­er­ing it’s day­light, it’s a pretty brazen thing to do.”

DCI Hutchinson added that the num­ber of in­ci­dents in re­cent weeks did not in­di­cate a rise in rob­beries.

He said: “None of the raids that have taken place in re­cent days are linked. There hasn’t been an in­crease in rob­bery in Peter­bor­ough, in fact rob­bery has fallen and it is just a co­in­ci­dence that there has been a num­ber of high pro­file cases.

“Ev­ery busi­ness needs to con­sider their se­cu­rity op­tions, but I wouldn’t say busi­nesses should be concerned.”

A 35-year-old man was ar­rested in Nurs­ery Close at 11.45am yes­ter­day on sus­pi­cion of non-dwelling bur­glary and pos­ses­sion of a class A drug.

SCENE: The Co­ral bet­ting shop on East­field road, which had cash stolen from the till. (METP-0406-10rh40)

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