Book­maker’s hit by masked knife­men

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update - By KIRSTEN BEACOCK & STEPHEN BRIGGS news@pe­ter­bor­oughto­

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.

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