Bookmaker’s hit by masked knifemen
A MASKED duo threatened staff with knives during a raid on a city bookmaker’s.
The balaclava-clad armed robbers struck at Coral in Oundle Road, Peterborough, at around 11.15am yesterday.
This incident makes it the third raid on a betting shop in the city within only eight days.
Police have revealed that the two men, who were wearing balaclavas and hoods, entered the shop and threatened a member of staff serving behind the counter with knives.
They then emptied and stole the contents of the till.
The men then made their getaway on foot and were seen to run down an alleyway towards Grove Street, behind Oundle Road.
No-one was injured during the raid and police were not able to confirm how much stolen by the pair.
The staff alerted the police and the force helicopter was scrambled along with five squad cars as police tried to track the robbers.
A scenes of crime van was dispatched to the scene with forensics officers dusting the shop for fingerprints and searching for evidence that could lead to the robbers’ identity.
Detectives have also released CCTV stills of two men they would like to speak to in relation to the robbery.
Detective sergeant Sarah Copeland, who is the investigating officer, said: “I would like to hear from anyone who recognises these men or who has information about this robbery.
“I would also urge the men to get in touch as they may have information helpful to this investigation.”
People living and working nearby came out into the street after they had been alerted to the raid by the police presence.
Kash Bhakar, who works at Smiths Mini Market, in Oundle Road, just a few doors down from the bookies, said: “I am pretty shocked to see something like this happen on my doorstep.
“I have been in the shop all morning and did not hear anything until a customer came in and told me.”
Khai Auyeung, owner of the Happy Valley Chinese takeaway next door, said: “We have CCTV but we have just had a look and can’t see anything on it.
“There was no alarm or anything like that so I didn’t know anything was going on until the police got here.
“The bookies has been hit a couple of times in the past, so it’s not really a surprise that it has happened again. But the others have happened in the early hours of the morning.”
Jack Riddell (17), from Bretton, who was working in a garden near the bookmakers all morning, said: “I have been working in here since 9am and did not see anyone go past.
“It is a real shock because you don’t expect something like this to happen so close to you.”
Anyone with information about the robbery should contact Det Sgt Copeland at Thorpe Wood Police Station on 0345 456 4564 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
raid: Coral bookmakers in Oundle Road and CCTV footage of two men police would like to speak to.