“A worrying time for anyone in the industry” – bookmaker’s fears after spate of armed robberies

Bournemouth Echo: Ladbrokes at Christchurch Road Ladbrokes at Christchurch Road

THE owner of a Bournemouth bookmaker says the upward trend for raiding betting shops is “a worrying time for anyone involved in the industry”.

Police were last night still hunting a robber thought to have raided both the Coral at Castle Lane West on Thursday and Ladbrokes at Christchurch Road on Wednesday – and yesterday moved to reassure the public.

The suspect threatened staff with a hammer at Ladbrokes and a large knife at Coral – making off with cash from both.

The incidents follow a raid at Coral in Wimborne Road, Winton, last month and attacks at three convenience stores in recent weeks.

Martin Johnstone, owner of Bournemouth-based independent bookmakers Jem Racing, said security and staff safety were paramount at his firm.

He added: “The days of bookmakers holding vast amounts of cash are over. Generally speaking, whenever a large bet is taken for a future event, the cash is paid directly into the bank.

“Any cash that needs to be kept for any winning bets is held in a time-delayed safe and if any potential robber wants to wait 15 minutes for the safe to open, then good luck to him.

“The amount of cash which is actually held in any of our tills at any one time is minimal.

“Our shops also have panic alarms installed which, when activated, go directly to the police station.

“It is obviously a worrying time for anyone involved in the industry.”

DCI Jez Noyce of Bournemouth and Poole CID, said: “These crimes are all being investigated individually and I would like to reassure the public that investigating these crimes is a priority for Dorset Police – with two men already being charged separately for two of those offences.

“We have received many calls in response to our witness and information appeals and gained a lot of information.

“Despite this recent spate of criminal activity I stress that these types of robberies are not usual for Dorset.

“Perpetrators arrested will be dealt with robustly and anyone convicted of such a crime is likely to face a very lengthy prison sentence.”

He urged shop staff to be vigilant and to make sure that safety features like CCTV were in working order.

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7:49am Sat 10 May 14

djd says...

Bring back security screens and protect your staff. As for your alarms going directly to the police station..they don't, most go either to a monitoring company who call the police or a direct line to the police control room.
Bring back security screens and protect your staff. As for your alarms going directly to the police station..they don't, most go either to a monitoring company who call the police or a direct line to the police control room. djd
  • Score: 6

8:43am Sat 10 May 14

Trifecta says...

Sadly Martin speaks only for himself. The multiples could not give a flying doodah for their staff. The only thing that matters is the misery machine, the roulette machine, and until they are removed from the high street and put back into a controlled and monitored environment this will continue to occur. The shops are open after five for one reason only and now supply exceeds demand so the majority of betting shops are left open with four machines, one member of staff (bored witless) and just the occasional punter who wishes to fill the thing up with spare change and then rant at the aforementioned member of staff about the lack of "fairness" as they have "just had a hundred and five spins and only once did 26 come in" And into the scenario walks Mr.Armed Robber and out he walks with £300 and the poor girl behind the counter has a lifetime of flashbacks before her. Another two lives ruined because of the infernal FOBT.
Sadly Martin speaks only for himself. The multiples could not give a flying doodah for their staff. The only thing that matters is the misery machine, the roulette machine, and until they are removed from the high street and put back into a controlled and monitored environment this will continue to occur. The shops are open after five for one reason only and now supply exceeds demand so the majority of betting shops are left open with four machines, one member of staff (bored witless) and just the occasional punter who wishes to fill the thing up with spare change and then rant at the aforementioned member of staff about the lack of "fairness" as they have "just had a hundred and five spins and only once did 26 come in" And into the scenario walks Mr.Armed Robber and out he walks with £300 and the poor girl behind the counter has a lifetime of flashbacks before her. Another two lives ruined because of the infernal FOBT. Trifecta
  • Score: 8

9:42am Sat 10 May 14

trolley says...

Trifecta wrote:
Sadly Martin speaks only for himself. The multiples could not give a flying doodah for their staff. The only thing that matters is the misery machine, the roulette machine, and until they are removed from the high street and put back into a controlled and monitored environment this will continue to occur. The shops are open after five for one reason only and now supply exceeds demand so the majority of betting shops are left open with four machines, one member of staff (bored witless) and just the occasional punter who wishes to fill the thing up with spare change and then rant at the aforementioned member of staff about the lack of "fairness" as they have "just had a hundred and five spins and only once did 26 come in" And into the scenario walks Mr.Armed Robber and out he walks with £300 and the poor girl behind the counter has a lifetime of flashbacks before her. Another two lives ruined because of the infernal FOBT.
absolutely spot on
I'm afraid robberies on betting shops will continue to increase due to those vile machines and single manning in the evenings. it should be illegal
Any comments from the big bookmakers around safety of staff should be treated with contempt as they genuinely do not care about anything but turning their shops into high stakes amusement arcades.
you try getting a bet on with ladbrokes for more than a fiver-they are not interested.
[quote][p][bold]Trifecta[/bold] wrote: Sadly Martin speaks only for himself. The multiples could not give a flying doodah for their staff. The only thing that matters is the misery machine, the roulette machine, and until they are removed from the high street and put back into a controlled and monitored environment this will continue to occur. The shops are open after five for one reason only and now supply exceeds demand so the majority of betting shops are left open with four machines, one member of staff (bored witless) and just the occasional punter who wishes to fill the thing up with spare change and then rant at the aforementioned member of staff about the lack of "fairness" as they have "just had a hundred and five spins and only once did 26 come in" And into the scenario walks Mr.Armed Robber and out he walks with £300 and the poor girl behind the counter has a lifetime of flashbacks before her. Another two lives ruined because of the infernal FOBT.[/p][/quote]absolutely spot on I'm afraid robberies on betting shops will continue to increase due to those vile machines and single manning in the evenings. it should be illegal Any comments from the big bookmakers around safety of staff should be treated with contempt as they genuinely do not care about anything but turning their shops into high stakes amusement arcades. you try getting a bet on with ladbrokes for more than a fiver-they are not interested. trolley
  • Score: 7

10:00am Sat 10 May 14

nickynoodah says...

you try getting a bet on with ladbrokes for more than a fiver-they are not interested


You wouldn't like to bet on it would you george
you try getting a bet on with ladbrokes for more than a fiver-they are not interested You wouldn't like to bet on it would you george nickynoodah
  • Score: 0

10:38am Sat 10 May 14

Mason8 says...

The guy who did the last corals robbery at Castlepoint is called Wayne local thug. Would of thought the reliable police would of caught him by now.
The guy who did the last corals robbery at Castlepoint is called Wayne local thug. Would of thought the reliable police would of caught him by now. Mason8
  • Score: 3

11:13am Sat 10 May 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

Mason8 wrote:
The guy who did the last corals robbery at Castlepoint is called Wayne local thug. Would of thought the reliable police would of caught him by now.
Thats an unusual surname.

If you wanted to, you could ring the old Bill and tell them what you know
[quote][p][bold]Mason8[/bold] wrote: The guy who did the last corals robbery at Castlepoint is called Wayne local thug. Would of thought the reliable police would of caught him by now.[/p][/quote]Thats an unusual surname. If you wanted to, you could ring the old Bill and tell them what you know Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 6

11:49am Sat 10 May 14

nickynoodah says...

nothing like John wayne
his legs are too short.
nothing like John wayne his legs are too short. nickynoodah
  • Score: 0

12:33pm Sat 10 May 14

Mason8 says...

Already have he is known to them, apparently next 2 on the hit list are Corals in Parkstone & Jem Racing hence the interview in the paper.
Seems pointless as only getting away with a couple off hundred pounds that's all they keep in the tills. Not very nice putting the staff through the mental torture. Can't believe the Police haven't caught him yet.
Already have he is known to them, apparently next 2 on the hit list are Corals in Parkstone & Jem Racing hence the interview in the paper. Seems pointless as only getting away with a couple off hundred pounds that's all they keep in the tills. Not very nice putting the staff through the mental torture. Can't believe the Police haven't caught him yet. Mason8
  • Score: 3

1:13pm Sat 10 May 14

David Hayes says...

Jem Racing have recently introduced lone staffing into Parkstone

Must really care about his staff????
Jem Racing have recently introduced lone staffing into Parkstone Must really care about his staff???? David Hayes
  • Score: 2

1:19pm Sat 10 May 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Could splash out on some decent security.for the staff that you have a duty of care.given the degree of risk of having a hammer or gun stuck in your face I'm surprised health and safety allow such risky Work places?
Could splash out on some decent security.for the staff that you have a duty of care.given the degree of risk of having a hammer or gun stuck in your face I'm surprised health and safety allow such risky Work places? kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 3

8:35pm Sun 11 May 14

cupcake99 says...

Maybe if you read the news you would see someone has been charged with the robberies .........and oh my ..... his name is NOT Wayne.........
Maybe if you read the news you would see someone has been charged with the robberies .........and oh my ..... his name is NOT Wayne......... cupcake99
  • Score: 1

8:59pm Sun 11 May 14

stevobath says...

trolley wrote:
Trifecta wrote:
Sadly Martin speaks only for himself. The multiples could not give a flying doodah for their staff. The only thing that matters is the misery machine, the roulette machine, and until they are removed from the high street and put back into a controlled and monitored environment this will continue to occur. The shops are open after five for one reason only and now supply exceeds demand so the majority of betting shops are left open with four machines, one member of staff (bored witless) and just the occasional punter who wishes to fill the thing up with spare change and then rant at the aforementioned member of staff about the lack of "fairness" as they have "just had a hundred and five spins and only once did 26 come in" And into the scenario walks Mr.Armed Robber and out he walks with £300 and the poor girl behind the counter has a lifetime of flashbacks before her. Another two lives ruined because of the infernal FOBT.
absolutely spot on
I'm afraid robberies on betting shops will continue to increase due to those vile machines and single manning in the evenings. it should be illegal
Any comments from the big bookmakers around safety of staff should be treated with contempt as they genuinely do not care about anything but turning their shops into high stakes amusement arcades.
you try getting a bet on with ladbrokes for more than a fiver-they are not interested.
That's strange because my brother put £20 on Man City to win the Premier.
Ladbrokes were happy to take his money. Must be a totally different chain of Ladbrokes on a parallel Universe?.
[quote][p][bold]trolley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Trifecta[/bold] wrote: Sadly Martin speaks only for himself. The multiples could not give a flying doodah for their staff. The only thing that matters is the misery machine, the roulette machine, and until they are removed from the high street and put back into a controlled and monitored environment this will continue to occur. The shops are open after five for one reason only and now supply exceeds demand so the majority of betting shops are left open with four machines, one member of staff (bored witless) and just the occasional punter who wishes to fill the thing up with spare change and then rant at the aforementioned member of staff about the lack of "fairness" as they have "just had a hundred and five spins and only once did 26 come in" And into the scenario walks Mr.Armed Robber and out he walks with £300 and the poor girl behind the counter has a lifetime of flashbacks before her. Another two lives ruined because of the infernal FOBT.[/p][/quote]absolutely spot on I'm afraid robberies on betting shops will continue to increase due to those vile machines and single manning in the evenings. it should be illegal Any comments from the big bookmakers around safety of staff should be treated with contempt as they genuinely do not care about anything but turning their shops into high stakes amusement arcades. you try getting a bet on with ladbrokes for more than a fiver-they are not interested.[/p][/quote]That's strange because my brother put £20 on Man City to win the Premier. Ladbrokes were happy to take his money. Must be a totally different chain of Ladbrokes on a parallel Universe?. stevobath
  • Score: 1

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