Hunt for robber after betting shop held up at knifepoint in West Moors

Ladbrokes in West Moors

Ladbrokes in West Moors

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A WOMAN working alone in a betting shop was left shaken up after a man brandishing a knife burst in and demanded cash.

Police are hunting the robber, who held up the Ladbrokes shop at Station Road, West Moors, on Wednesday evening.

It is thought that the woman, who was not injured, was working alone in the bookmaker’s, which had no customers inside when the robber struck.

He escaped with cash after the knifepoint raid.

Locals reacted with shock at the drama – which involved a heavy police presence, including at least one armed officer.

Christina Barber, owner of the West Moors Launderama, came to shut the shop when the commotion happened at around 6.50pm.

“I saw the police all around. There was one armed officer.

“They asked if we saw anything and we said no, we had just arrived.

“It’s not the norm; it’s disconcerting, but it’s life and opportunists will have a go. I would have thought that in this locality the police would know the type of person.

“We have owned this shop for two years and that’s the first time I’ve known of anything like this,” she said.

One resident of a flat above the shop, who asked not to be named, added: “There were armed police and police dogs, the lot.

“I was shocked to see it all. The police did all the door-to-door but weren’t saying anything, just asking if anybody saw anything.”

Nihat Altun, who works at the Penn Court Cafe close to Ladbrokes, said: “It’s a small village and you don’t expect thing like that around here.”

No arrests have been made.

Police are appealing for witnesses who saw anything suspicious in the Station Road area to call them on 101.

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9:02am Thu 27 Feb 14

trolley says...

This will become a regular ocurrence what with longer hours and more single manning,people doing their brains on the fobts.vile organisations with little concern for staff
This will become a regular ocurrence what with longer hours and more single manning,people doing their brains on the fobts.vile organisations with little concern for staff trolley
  • Score: 13

9:25am Thu 27 Feb 14

speedy231278 says...

Given the photo above, one assumes they were robbed by a copper?
Given the photo above, one assumes they were robbed by a copper? speedy231278
  • Score: -14

10:00am Thu 27 Feb 14

nickynoodah says...

wanted to cut the odds
wanted to cut the odds nickynoodah
  • Score: -12

11:08am Thu 27 Feb 14

BoscVegas says...

dammit, I knew I should have put that tenner on Petty Thug in the 6.50 at Westmoors.
dammit, I knew I should have put that tenner on Petty Thug in the 6.50 at Westmoors. BoscVegas
  • Score: -5

2:22pm Thu 27 Feb 14

portia6 says...

BoscVegas wrote:
dammit, I knew I should have put that tenner on Petty Thug in the 6.50 at Westmoors.
Anyone seen my rotary clothes line someone nicked it hope the Siegfried
line is clear!
[quote][p][bold]BoscVegas[/bold] wrote: dammit, I knew I should have put that tenner on Petty Thug in the 6.50 at Westmoors.[/p][/quote]Anyone seen my rotary clothes line someone nicked it hope the Siegfried line is clear! portia6
  • Score: -8

2:42pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

Dens of vice. They all deserve all they get and do. I never enter such places.
Good day to you.
Dens of vice. They all deserve all they get and do. I never enter such places. Good day to you. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 1

4:04pm Thu 27 Feb 14

ferndun says...

Sir Beachy Head wrote:
Dens of vice. They all deserve all they get and do. I never enter such places.
Good day to you.
You absolute idiot. You have no concern for the young girl traumatised behind the counter after this ordeal.
[quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: Dens of vice. They all deserve all they get and do. I never enter such places. Good day to you.[/p][/quote]You absolute idiot. You have no concern for the young girl traumatised behind the counter after this ordeal. ferndun
  • Score: 1

5:36pm Thu 27 Feb 14

HRH of Boscombe says...

Bookies rob people all day everyday and destroy families as a daily routine. No sympathy for the companies or the people who work for them.
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It's like someone robbing Wonga. Good luck to em
Bookies rob people all day everyday and destroy families as a daily routine. No sympathy for the companies or the people who work for them. . It's like someone robbing Wonga. Good luck to em HRH of Boscombe
  • Score: -9

6:44pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Chukki's uncle says...

HRH of Boscombe wrote:
Bookies rob people all day everyday and destroy families as a daily routine. No sympathy for the companies or the people who work for them.
.
It's like someone robbing Wonga. Good luck to em
Yeah that poor girl trying to make a living and getting terrified as a result. Good luck to an armed robber who scares girls out of their wits ? You have the IQ of a housebrick
[quote][p][bold]HRH of Boscombe[/bold] wrote: Bookies rob people all day everyday and destroy families as a daily routine. No sympathy for the companies or the people who work for them. . It's like someone robbing Wonga. Good luck to em[/p][/quote]Yeah that poor girl trying to make a living and getting terrified as a result. Good luck to an armed robber who scares girls out of their wits ? You have the IQ of a housebrick Chukki's uncle
  • Score: 12

9:15pm Thu 27 Feb 14

ferndun says...

HRH of Boscombe wrote:
Bookies rob people all day everyday and destroy families as a daily routine. No sympathy for the companies or the people who work for them.
.
It's like someone robbing Wonga. Good luck to em
Another candidate for DENSA. Good luck to em? You condone armed robbers you moron.
[quote][p][bold]HRH of Boscombe[/bold] wrote: Bookies rob people all day everyday and destroy families as a daily routine. No sympathy for the companies or the people who work for them. . It's like someone robbing Wonga. Good luck to em[/p][/quote]Another candidate for DENSA. Good luck to em? You condone armed robbers you moron. ferndun
  • Score: 12

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