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Post by Zero%RTP » Sat Jan 30, 2016 9:24 am

Armed raiders target bookmakers

POLICE are appealing for information after two bookmakers were robbed on the same Oldham street on the same day.

Descriptions of the offender are different, but detectives haven’t ruled out that the raids at Ladbrokes and Bet Fred are linked.

The first happened at 7.30pm on Tuesday, December 22 at Ladbrokes in Ashton Road. The lone robber, described as a slim man with a dark beard, said something to staff members who then fled to the storeroom and locked themselves in. The man left the shop empty-handed.

He was wearing a white and grey checked coat with a rip in the back and was believed to have been carrying an unknown weapon in his sleeve.

The second incident happened at 8pm the same day at Bet Fred in Eldon Precinct off Ashton Road. The lone robber, described as around 5ft 6in tall and in his late 20s or early 30s, went into the shop with his hood up. He was asked to remove the hood and had a pair of tights over his face. He demanded cash and produced a small kitchen knife to threatened staff. They handed over a small amount of money and he ran off. He was carrying a burgundy woolly hat and was wearing jeans and a red long sleeved bubble coat with a red hood.

Police are appealing for information and witnesses.

Anyone with information should call police on 0161-856 9063 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555 111.

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Post by Zero%RTP » Sat Jan 30, 2016 9:26 am

Lone female cashier terrorised.

No compensation claim working for Ladbrokes :oops:

Armed robbers targeted two branches of Ladbrokes in raids

Two armed robbers who launched terrifying raids at branches of a bookmaker have been jailed for more than eight years.

One woman employee had a screwdriver thrust towards her face as demands were made for cash and a manager at a second betting shop was warned he would be murdered if he moved or pressed an alarm.

Darren Lamb, 25, was jailed for four years and his accomplice Dale Thomas, 24, was sentenced to four years and eight months imprisonment.

Thomas, who had been living at a hostel in Edinburgh, was previously jailed for 18 months for assault and robbery.

The pair admitted assaulting Paula Davitt at a branch of Ladbrokes in Gorgie Road, Edinburgh, and robbing her of £3757 on May 30 this year.

The 34-year-old victim was repeatedly threatened with violence during the raid during which a screwdriver and hammer were brandished at her.

They also pled guilty to assaulting Gareth Roberts, 27, by brandishing a screwdriver at him and threatening violence and robbing him of £2365 on June 4 at a branch of the firm in the city's Morningside Road on June 4.

Lamb, from Edinburgh, had been freed under two bail orders from Edinburgh Sheriff Court at the time of the crimes.

The judge was shown footage of the first raid. Advocate depute Peter McCormack said when they entered the branch in Gorgie the employee's attention was immediately drawn to Lamb who had a screwdriver.

Lamb jumped onto the counter and leapt over followed by Thomas who had a hammer.

The victim screamed and Lamb thrust the screwdriver towards her face and said: "Give me your money and I won't hurt you."

During the raid Ms Davitt managed to activate a panic alarm and when police arrived they found her "crying hysterically and extremely distressed", said the prosecutor.

Officers later viewed CCTV footage and were able to identify the two robbers.

The pair struck again at the second branch after approaching a private hire driver and asking how they could get a taxi quickly if required.

He then saw them pull what appeared to be scarves over their faces and enter the premises and made a 999 call. They were caught following the raid on the second branch of Ladbrokes.

Defence solicitor advocate Stuart Carson, for Lamb, said: "It is acknowledged by him that his conduct here was dreadful and these incidents must have been terrifying for the staff involved."

He said the offences were intended to obtain money to pay debts and fund the purchase of more drugs.

Defence solicitor advocate Andrew Houston, for Thomas, said he had returned to using drugs and had been taking a heroin substitute and valium.

He said: "On each of these occasions he and his co-accused were significantly under the influence of drugs."

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Post by Zero%RTP » Sat Jan 30, 2016 9:27 am

Police hunt pair who carried out armed robbery at bookmakers

Police are hunting two men who carried out an armed robbery at a bookmakers in Edinburgh.

The robbery happened around 9.15am on Saturday at Ladbrokes on Gorgie Road.

The two men entered the building and vaulted over the counter before threatening a member staff and demanding money.

They left with a four-figure sum of cash and ran into the rear gardens at Westfield Road before last being seen in Stevenson Road, Edinburgh.

Officers are now urging anyone who can assist with their enquiries to come forward.

The first suspect is described as a white man in his late twenties. He is around 5ft 5in tall with a broad, athletic build. He was wearing a grey or blue hooded top, dark jogging bottoms and white training shoes.

The second suspect is also described as a white man in his late twenties. He is around 5ft 5in tall with a slim build.

He was wearing a grey hooded top with yellow logo on left breast, dark jogging bottoms and black training shoes.

Detective sergeant John Graham said: "Both men had weapons in their possession and caused extreme distress to staff members on duty whilst carrying out this robbery. We are keen to hear from anyone who can help us in tracing theses individual.

"Anyone who was in the Gorgie Road area of Edinburgh at around 9.15am on Saturday morning and remembers seeing anything suspicious is asked to contact police immediately."

Anyone with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Post by Zero%RTP » Sat Jan 30, 2016 9:30 am

Jailed: Man, 28, who robbed Ladbrokes saying he had gun in his pocket

A MAN who robbed a betting shop, saying he had a gun in his pocket, has been jailed for two years and eight months.

John Guthrie threatened to shoot a betting shop manager in Ladbrokes during a robbery at the town centre branch in January.

He had scribbled out a note saying he was armed with a gun and demanding the cash be handed over.

But when the lone Ladbrokes worker tried to stall him the 28-year-old raider shouted: ‘I’ll shoot you if you don’t hand over the money’.

Rob Welling, prosecuting, told Swindon Crown Court that Kelvin Hall was alone in the Commercial Road branch on the evening of Monday, January 5 when the incident happened.

Just before 8.30pm, when business was very quiet, the defendant walked in with his coat up over his neckline and a woolly hat pulled down to his eyelids.

He walked up to the counter, which has a glass partition, and placed a handwritten note up against it.

Mr Hall told police it read: "Put your hands up. I have a gun in my pocket.

"Give me all of the ****ing money".

Although there was further writing on the piece of paper, the victim did not read on and was unsure whether the raider was serious.

Trying to bluff it out, the manager said there was a policemen in the toilet, but Guthrie replied: "This is no ****ing joke. I’ll shoot you if you don’t hand over the money".

When he tried to move towards the security button Guthrie again told him to put his hands up, one of which was holding a bundle of cash.

The robber tried to thrust his arm under the screen, but couldn’t reach the money, so the manager took the chance to dial 999.

Mr Hall also put a chair behind the door to the front of the shop, but with three or four hard kicks the intruder forced it open.

Guthrie grabbed a scanning machine and threw it at Mr Hall, but it didn’t reach him as it was plugged in, then snatched £2,175 and fled from the shop.

Two days later he handed himself in at a police station in Oxfordshire and admitted what had happened, but at that stage denied mentioning a gun.

Guthrie, of Culvery Court, pleaded guilty to a charge of robbery. The court heard he had a history of crime and was jailed for four years for a serious assault in 2008.

Ronan McCann, defending, said his client had owed money to drug dealers in Reading and used what he had taken to pay them off.

He said he had gone to a shop to buy a pen shortly before the raid and wrote the note on a scrap of paper he had found. Guthrie had worked as a self-employed civil engineer and had a partner and young son.

However following the suicide of an uncle a few years ago he had turned to drugs which led to running up the debts.

Jailing him for 32 months, Judge Peter Blair QC said: “I am sentencing you for a serious offence: robbery of a shop at night time."

“It is a business where a single member of staff was on duty and therefore vulnerable as a result.

“You got away with over £2,000 in cash and there had been some degree of planning. There was the threat of a gun.”

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Post by Zero%RTP » Sat Jan 30, 2016 9:39 am



Man wrestled to ground after betting shop armed robbery

Heroic members of the public and road maintenance workers wrestled a man to the ground following an armed robbery at a betting shop in West Molesey on Tuesday morning.

The Ladbrokes branch in Walton Road was targeted at around 10.30am, when an offender went into the bookies holding what was believed to be a gun and demanded cash from staff.

A group of men from Walker Construction were carrying out road maintenance works outside when they heard "a lot of commotion".

Builder Stuart Mee said: "I was down here digging... I went over to see what was happening.

"Two blokes were struggling with a man so we got Luke, who is a big lad, to help them out.

"People were coming from all directions. A lad from Londis also helped out."

His workmate Luke Riccboni added: "I stepped in and helped. The police were there in five minutes."

Builders from Walkers Construction

Detective Inspector Jake Nuttall paid tribute to "the quick thinking and bravery" of those at the scene.

Eyewitnesses described officers swarming the shopping parade, passing motorist Mike Stokoe saying: "I saw the aftermath. There were about eight police cars.

"I heard that two men pinned a man to the ground and waited for the police to arrive."

Staff at Ladbrokes left the shop at around 1pm and a sign was put on the door saying it would be closed for the rest of the day.

Police officers from the Elmbridge Safer Neighbourhood Team have been in the area assisting detectives from North Surrey CID with their investigation and providing reassurance.

Police at Ladbrokes in Walton Road, West Molesey, after an armed robbery
The Ladbrokes shop was shut for the rest of the day

Det Insp Nuttall said: "We are carrying out enquiries to ascertain whether the firearm is genuine, and fortunately no attempt was made to use the weapon and no members of the public were harmed during the incident.

"We understand that other shop owners and businesses in the area may be concerned when they learn about this incident and I would like to stress that this was an isolated incident which is being thoroughly investigated.”

Anyone who saw the incident or the events surrounding it is asked to contact Surrey Police on 101 quoting reference 45140025320, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

A 45-year-old man from New Malden was arrested and he remained in custody on Tuesday afternoon.

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Post by Zero%RTP » Sat Jan 30, 2016 9:41 am

Single staffing again.

Armed gang raids Ladbrokes in Edinburgh

ROBBERS wearing white paper boiler suits and brandishing a handgun raided a betting shop last night.

The gang made off with thousands of pounds of takings from Ladbrokes on the High Street in Portobello, Edinburgh.

The three men threatened a 21-year-old member of staff with the gun and a hammer before making their getaway in a black Audi A1 at around 7.55pm.

The car was later abandoned in Stuart Grove, Danderhall, where four men were seen leaving the car and heading for Arthur View.

The first suspect is described as white, around 5ft 6ins tall with a slim build and wearing a white paper boiler suit with the hood up, a black balaclava, black trainers with white soles, black gloves and spoke with a local accent. He was also in possession of the handgun.

The second suspect is described as whit, over 6ft tall with a medium to stocky build and wearing an orange/red hooded top with the hood up, white dust mask, black sunglasses, light-coloured trousers, dark shoes, black gloves and spoke with a local accent.

The third suspect is described as white, over 6ft tall with a medium to stocky build and wearing a white paper boiler suit with the hood up, white dust mask, dark shoes. He also spoke with a local accent and was in possession of the hammer.

Detective Inspector Alan O’Brien said: “Thankfully, the staff member was not injured during this robbery, but this was a terrifying experience, which left him understandably shaken.

“ Police will have a high-visibility presence in the area while we conduct our investigation and we are eager to speak to anyone who remembers seeing anything suspicious in the Portobello High Street area on Monday evening.

“ There is no evidence at this time to suggest this incident is linked to the robbery at the jewellery store in Edinburgh’s city centre. However, anyone with information relevant to our ongoing enquiries is asked to contact police immediately.”

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Post by Zero%RTP » Sat Jan 30, 2016 9:44 am

Look like nice boys :shock:


Two men jailed for armed robbery at Ladbrokes, Wigston

Calvin Davis, left, and Lloyd Cornelius

Two men have been jailed for more than 10 years for robbing a betting shop.

Lloyd Cornelius and Calvin Davis targeted the branch of Ladbrokes in Leicester Road, Wigston in March 2012.

The pair, who covered their faces with balaclavas, threatened staff with a knife and a 2ft-long implement concealed in a carrier bag, which their victims believed to be a gun.

The pair escaped with less than £500.

Cornelius, (21), of Northfield Avenue, Birstall, admitted robbery and was jailed for six years and nine months.

Davis, (23), previously of Manor Drive, Beaumont Leys, Leicester also pleaded guilty to robbery and was jailed for five years.

He is currently serving a sentence for a robbery committed in Nottinghamshire.

A third man was acquitted of all charges.

Ella Pounder, (20), formerly of Ledbury Green, Mowmacre, Leicester, was convicted by a jury of perverting the course of justice by providing a false alibi.

She was given a nine month jail term, which was suspended for 18 months, and ordered to carry out 200 hours unpaid work.

The case was concluded at Leicester Crown Court last week. Leicestershire Police released details today.

Detective Constable Sean Lynch, who led the investigation, said: “This was a very frightening experience for the staff on duty and their customers.

“This was a complex and lengthy inquiry.

“The raiders took steps to disguise their appearances and we had to rely on sophisticated forensic techniques to prove their involvement.

“Armed robberies are relatively rare in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, and we will investigate all such offences thoroughly in order to bring those responsible before the courts.”

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Post by Zero%RTP » Sat Jan 30, 2016 9:47 am

Armed raider's accomplice who pretended to be Good Samaritan by comforting betting shop worker after robbery accepted £100 reward from Ladbrokes

By Martin Robinson 12:29 20 May 2014, updated 15:55 20 May 2014

Alexander Millar, 21, rewarded for his 'public spirit' after the violent robbery
He had stayed to comfort 'distraught' manager and also called the police
But it emerged the man with the axe was his flatmate Shane Lowther, 23
Millar was jailed for six years and Lowther for four years at Teesside Court

A bogus Good Samaritan who comforted a terrified betting shop worker after she was robbed by a man wielding an axe has been jailed for six years because he had planned the attack.

Alexander Millar received a £100 'public spirit' reward from Ladbrokes for calling the police and caring for the female manager during the raid at the shop in Ann’s Terrace, Darlington.

But detectives later discovered the 21-year-old was 'up to his neck in' the plot with housemate Shane Lowther, 23, who burst in wearing a balaclava and waving a weapon on September 16 last year.

Both men were jailed for the robbery at Teesside Crown Court yesterday with Recorder James Brown telling the pair he held them equally responsible.

Adrian Dent, prosecuting, said Millar 'gave the appearance of being a customer - he regularly frequented betting shops.

'All of a sudden Lowther came into the premises wearing a balaclava, wielding an axe and carrying a bag.

'He told the manager to put the money in the bag - she was extremely frightened.'

The manager believed Millar was there to place a bet and asked him not to leave her as she filled the bag with cash totalling £475 and gave it to Lowther.

As she pressed the panic button, Lowther shouted to Millar to hold the shop door to stop it from locking shut automatically.

Mr Dent said Millar stayed with the manager and called the police for her before giving his name and address to officers.

He later returned to the shop that night to claim £134 he had won on a gaming machine before the robbery.

Scam: Lowther rushed into this bookies in Darlington with his face covered and wielding an axe - but his friend was already waiting and pretended to be a customer afterwards
Scam: Lowther rushed into this bookies in Darlington with his face covered and wielding an axe - but his friend was already waiting and pretended to be a customer afterwards
The court heard how he was later given £100 in vouchers by Ladbrokes for being 'so public spirited'.

Lowther was arrested after he confessed to family members and they reported him.

Millar claimed he was not involved, but he was convicted after a jury heard the men shared a house in Gladstone Street, Darlington.

The court heard how both men have numerous previous convictions.

In 2010, Millar was sent to a young offenders’ institution for 18 months for his part in a failed brothel scam.

The defendant and a female accomplice planned to rob a punter who had replied to an advert in a national newspaper.

But Millar was left bloodied and in tears when the man they tried to trick turned out to be a burly soldier.

John Turner, defending Millar, said his client had largely addressed a drugs problem but still had a gambling problem which had left him with large debts.

Sentencing: The two men were jailed for a total of ten years at Teesside Crown Court as they were equally responsible, the judge said
Sentencing: The two men were jailed for a total of ten years at Teesside Crown Court as they were equally responsible, the judge said
Stephen Andrews, defending Lowther, said the defendant had written a letter of apology to the shop manager.

Mr Andrews said: 'He knows exactly what he did - the seriousness of the situation is not lost on him.'

Millar was sentenced to six years in prison while Lowther, who was given credit for his guilty plea, was jailed for four years.

Recorder James Brown told Millar: 'It was particularly disgraceful that you pretended to be a good Samaritan when in reality you were fully involved and up to your neck in the scheme yourself.'

Speaking to both men Recorder Brown said: 'You can be under no illusion that this was a very serious offence committed against a vulnerable target.' :shock:

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Post by Zero%RTP » Sat Jan 30, 2016 9:50 am

Man brandished gun in armed robbery in Little Neston bookies

A balaclava clad robber brandished a gun during a robbery at a bookies in Little Neston.

Police are hunting for the masked man who entered Ladbrokes in Badger Bait as a male member of staff was closing up alone.

The hooded male produced what is thought to be a firearm and demanded money during the incident at just before 7pm on Sunday (December 21), say police.

The staff member opened the safe and handed over a large quantity of money.

The robber is then believed to have run off towards Lees Lane.

Police are appealing for anyone with any information to come forwards and have released a description of the wanted man, who wore a dark hooded top, dark tracksuit bottoms and light coloured trainers.

Do you have any information? Contact DC Robert Moore on 101, quoting incident 794 of December 21, 2014. Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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Post by Zero%RTP » Sat Jan 30, 2016 9:51 am

Armed robbery at Stanstead Abbotts Ladbrokes

A MAN armed with a handgun threatened staff at a Stanstead Abbotts bookies, before making off with cash.

Ladbrokes in High Street was the target of the robbery, which happened at about 7.40pm.

The offender approached the counter and demanded cash from staff. It is believed he then made off in the direction of St Margaret’s rail station as a pillion passenger on a motorbike that was waiting close by.

Herts police have issued an appeal, urging anyone with information to come forward.

They have released images to assist that appeal.

DC Neil Lancey, from the Local Crime Unit in Hertford, said: “This was a frightening incident for all concerned and which has understandably left staff at the shop traumatised.

“I would like to speak to anyone with information about this incident however I am particularly keen to speak to a young woman with blonde hair who entered the shop to claim winnings shortly before the incident.

“It is believed that this person left moments before the offender entered the shop, and she may be a key witness. I would ask her to speak to police as soon as possible. Any information will be treated in the strictest confidence.”

The offender is described as a white male, around 5ft 6in or 5ft 7in tall and of slim build.

Anyone with information about the incident should contact police on the non-emergency number 101 quoting crime reference A1/14/381. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers, the independent charity, anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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