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Post by Zero%RTP » Sat Jan 30, 2016 10:16 am


CCTV appeal after armed man raids Potters Bar Ladbrokes branch

11:34 14 January 2015

Dave Burke

Police would like to speak to this man
Police would like to speak to this man

A CCTV image has been released by police after an armed man threatened staff in a robbery at a Potters Bar bookmakers.

It happpened at around 8.45pm yesterday (Tuesday) at Ladbrokes in Kemble Parade.

The man threatened a member of staff with what appeared to the be the end of a gun poking out from his sleeve.

The cashier handed over cash before the thief fled, turning left out the door, along High Street.

Detective Constable Rob Fleming is investigating and said: “I would like to speak with the man pictured as he may have information which could assist the investigation.

“If you can help identify him please call me. If you see this man, please call police immediately.

“I am also keen to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time and has any information which could assist the investigation.”

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Post by Zero%RTP » Sat Jan 30, 2016 10:19 am


Gotcha! Knife raider jailed after appeal

Siddall caught on CCTV leaping over the counter at Ladbrokes on Whitegate Drive
A “dangerous” armed robber who threatened a woman at knife-point during a terrifying raid at a Blackpool betting shop has been jailed.

Andrew Siddall, 44, held up the Ladbrokes bookmakers on Church Street last month but was caught on camera after he forgot to cover his face.

He was recognised when his picture appeared in The Gazette as part of a police appeal for information.

He was sentenced to four years and eight months in prison by a judge at Preston Crown Court.

Det Sgt Stuart Reid, of Blackpool CID, said afterwards: “I would like to express my thanks for the information received following the appeal, which has led us to arrest this dangerous offender.”

He said the conviction had come as a “relief” to the victim, who was left badly shaken but unhurt during the robbery last month.

I would like to express my thanks for the information received following the appeal, which has led us to arrest this dangerous offender

Siddall, who was from the Coventry area but had recently been placed on a drug treatment programme in the resort, targeted the bookmakers on June 11.

He can be seen on the CCTV footage jumping over the counter of the store, which was empty except for the lone woman working inside, with the kitchen knife in his right hand.

Detectives said he escaped with a small amount of cash from the till.

Following the police appeal, Siddall was identified and forensic evidence was discovered linking him to the crime. Det Sgt Steve Harry, said after the sentencing: “He had gone in with a knife and threatened a female member of staff.

“He hadn’t covered his face and there are loads of cameras in there so we ended up with a full shot of his face.

“He was identified directly from the appeal – someone rang up and said they recognised him.”

Siddall was later arrested and charged with robbery. He pleaded guilty.

He was sentenced to 56 months in prison.

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Post by Zero%RTP » Sat Jan 30, 2016 10:21 am

Staff concerned for safety at Ladbrokes betting shop in Clayhall after armed robbery

Staff at a Clayhall betting shop have raised security concerns after a colleague working alone was threatened at gunpoint during a robbery last week.

Two men got away with cash believed to amount to £3,000 during the raid on Ladbrokes, in Clayhall Avenue.

A nearby newsagent and convenience store were also open as men robbed the shop but said they heard nothing until police raced to the scene.

No one was injured in the attack, at 10pm on Monday, April 29, but the victim is not believed to have returned to work.

A shop employee, who did not want to be named, said staffing at the bookmakers’ had been doubled since the robbery.

She added: “He wasn’t hurt but it’s not physical hurt is it – he hasn’t been at work since.

“There was only one guy on. It’s not fair.

“It’s so quiet around here at night and you don’t really feel safe.”


The robbers swooped around closing time, when staff usually cash up.

Ladbrokes branches have recently been targeted by armed robbers around the country, including in Leicester, Plymouth and Bedfordshire.

But a Ladbrokes spokesman said regular risk assessments are carried out in the chain’s branches.

He added: “Following any incidents of this kind we automatically increase staff levels and undertake a full security review.

“All Ladbrokes shops are supported by a 24/7 security team, including a number of former police officers who have instant access to CCTV in all shops.”

Staff also have access to panic alarms and magnetic locks. No arrests have been made.

Police have not confirmed whether the incident was linked to a foiled armed robbery attempt in High Street, Wanstead yesterday.

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police’s Flying Squad are investigating.

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Post by Zero%RTP » Sat Jan 30, 2016 10:29 am


Robber jailed after threatening to shoot betting shop cashiers

Christopher Yeboah, of Walthamstow, admitted robbing betting shops in Barkingside and Hainault.
A robber was yesterday jailed for four years after he threatened to shoot two betting shop cashiers unless they handed over a total of £2,300.

Christopher Yeboah, of Corbett Road, Walthamstow, was sentenced yesterday (September 24) after pleading guilty to two counts of robbery at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

On April 29 last year, Yeboah spent around three hours gambling on a gaming machine at a betting shop in Fencepiece Road, Hainault.

Having lost his money he left the shop and visited another betting shop in High Street, Barkingside, around 9.40pm.

The 28-year-old entered the shop and attempted to conceal his identity by wearing a dark hooded coat.

He demanded money from the cashier and threatened to shoot him if he did not hand it over.

Yeboah left with £500 in cash.

On May 7, 2014, around 9.40pm, Yeboah returned to the betting shop in Fencepiece Road.

He approached the counter, dressed in the same dark hooded coat and demanded the cashier to hand over cash, telling her he had a gun.

Yeboah left the shop with £1,800 cash.

He was identified as the suspect and was subsequently arrested on June 12 last year by officers from the Flying Squad.

After a search by police, they found in a bag a handwritten demand note, claiming he had gun and would harm the cashier and customers if cash was not handed over.

On September 5 the same year, Yeboah was charged with two counts of robbery.

Detective constable Paul Weaver, of the east London branch of the Flying Squad, said: "Yeboah specifically targeted betting shops staffed by a single cashier in areas where he was comfortable and had good local knowledge.

“He made demands for cash, threatening to shoot the staff at the venues if they refused those demands.

"I hope his conviction and sentence today reassures those affected by his crimes and deters others from committing similar acts."

In December, Yeboah pleaded not guilty to both counts and a trial date was set for last month at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

But during the trial he performed a u-turn and admitted he had committed both robberies.

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Post by Jimmy Justice » Sun Jan 31, 2016 7:07 pm

The case of the teenage member of staff in Coventry having her compensation challenged by her employer is truly disgusting!! What an employer Ladbroke's must be. :cry:

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Post by Zero%RTP » Sat Feb 13, 2016 9:42 am

Exactly :roll:

Don't allow any family members to work there, or even place a bet in any Ladbrokes.

Clueless neds raid bookies in Mission Impossible style.. only to set off alarm and scarper with £40 charity bucket

The thief broke out through the window
LIKE a scene out of Hollywood blockbuster Mission: Impossible, thieves mounted a daring raid on a bookmakers.

From the flat above, the crooks dug a hole in the floor before one squeezed through the tiny ga p.

The thief was then lowered into the store on a rope – but that’s where the similarities with movie star Tom Cruise ended.

The raid set off the alarm in the Ladbrokes shop in Cowdenbeath and the thief panicked.

And instead of making off with thousands, he grabbed a charity collection bucket holding just £40 before legging it from the shop.

Heart attack survivor and charity fundraiser Colin Sutherland, who works in the shop, was left sickened by the theft.

He said: “You don’t expect something like this to happen when you’re raising money for a good cause.”

Colin, 20, has suffered from tachycardia arrhythmia since birth.

His condition means his heart can stop at any time and he has already suffered five heart attacks.

Colin is planning to cycle the length of Scotland in July to raise funds for Cancer Research in honour of his late grandparents, who died from the disease.

He said: “I now need to go down to Cancer Research and tell them what’s happened.

“They must be an awfully sad and low individual to have done this.

“When I get paid I’ll replace the £40 that was taken out my own pocket.

“At least that way they’ve then just stolen £40 from me rather than taking it away from charity.

“When we went into the shop to see what was missing, the only thing they had taken was the charity bucket.

“There’s an abandoned flat above the shop and they’ve gone in there and have been digging away at the ground for a good bit of time. At around 5am, they’ve finally got through.

“One of them dropped another guy through this hole on a bit of rope but he got tangled up and hit the floor with some force which caused the alarm to go off.

“He tried to pull all the cables off the wall to stop the alarm and then just grabbed the charity bucket.”

Anyone with information can contact the police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Post by Zero%RTP » Sat Feb 13, 2016 9:50 am

Bungling thief accidentally set fire to £1,000 stolen from Wolverhampton bookies « Express & Star

Thomas McNally got his fingers burned as his near £1,000 haul went up in smoke, Wolverhampton Crown Court heard. The 23-year-old accidentally set light to the money while torching clothes he had worn as he struck at Ladbrokes in Bushbury Road, Bushbury, armed with a knife at 8.15pm on December 18.

Bookies raid
Thomas McNally
He had waited until there were no customers and only one female member of staff on the premises, explained Mr Paul Spratt, prosecuting.

The lawyer continued: “He approached the cash desk, handed over a bag and ordered the woman to put money into it. The knife was clearly visible. She managed to press an alarm hanging round her neck and left it on so that security staff could hear what was happening. The defendant was persistent and wanted money from the safe as well.”

McNally escaped with £910 but phoned police the following day to admit what he had done, the court heard.

Mr Spratt revealed: “Officers went to his address and he asserted that it had not been a real knife. He also said that he had burned both his clothes and the money, the latter in error. He explained that he had been drinking all day and was in significant debt.”

Miss Aimee Parkes, defending, declared: “The threat of the robbery only lasted a couple of minutes and nobody was injured. He did have a knife but claims the blade was plastic.

“He owed £4,000 after his gambling got out of control and was also under pressure to buy Christmas presents for his two children who do not live with him. He knows he has been stupid and has let his children down but was under pressure from his family and his gambling debts.”

Virgin rail employee McNally from Leacroft Avenue, Low Hill admitted robbery and was jailed for two years eight months by Judge John Wait who told him: “This was a serious offence. You were expecting to get substantial rewards from the bookmakers which you could see was not heavily staffed.

“But you have done a great deal to give yourself maximum credit by handing yourself in the next day. That is the best expression of remorse you could have displayed.”

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Post by Zero%RTP » Sat Feb 20, 2016 8:08 pm

Armed robbers steal cash in raid at north London bookmakers

Staff were allegedly threatened with a gun after armed robbers stormed a betting shop in north London this morning.

Police were called to the Ladbrokes branch in Church Hill Road, East Barnet, shortly before 9.45am on Wednesday to reports of an armed robbery.

Three men were said to have entered the premises with two approaching the counter and threatening a member of staff with what police said was a firearm.

The third member of the group stood guard at the door before all three fled the scene with a "quantity" of cash.

No shots were fired during the robbery and no-one was injured.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said no arrests had been made and enquiries were ongoing.

Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting CAD 2155/17FEB or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Post by Zero%RTP » Wed Apr 06, 2016 3:32 pm

Detectives want to speak to Ryan Skinner in connection with robbery at Ladbrokes

Ladbrokes in Carlisle Road, Eastbourne
A MAN armed with a gun has robbed a betting shop.

The suspect walked into Ladbrokes in Carlisle Road, Eastbourne, and chatted with the manager before pulling out what is believed to be a firearm and demanding money.

He ran off with more than £1,000 cash at around 7.40pm on Tuesday (April 5).

The man was white between 6' and 6'2", of slim build with an untidy patchy beard.

He was wearing a black jacket, white trainers and a light coloured cap.

Detective Inspector Neil Ralph of Sussex Police said: "We are keen to trace 31-year-old Ryan Skinner who is from the town.

"Ryan is described as white, around 6' and of slim build with short brown hair and a patchy beard.

"I would advise members of the public not to approach him directly, but if you do know where he is then call 999."

Witnesses should email or call 101 quoting serial 1335 of April 5.

Alternatively, you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via ... ookmakers/

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Post by Zero%RTP » Wed Apr 20, 2016 5:52 am

Police hunt robber who spent hours placing bets in Manchester bookmakers before pulling knife on manager

Police would like to speak to this man in connection with an armed robbery
A ‘desperate’ robber spent hours placing bets at a bookmakers before threatening a manager with a knife.

The armed man was seen at Ladbrokes on Portland Street, in Manchester city centre , for several hours on Saturday, March 12.

He waited until the manager was on his own and suddenly produced a blade.

The thug then ordered the employee to empty the gaming machines and the till and managed to steal a quantity of cash before fleeing the store.

The incident took place at around 8.40pm.

Police have now released an image of a man they wish to speak to in connection with the armed robbery.

Ladbrokes on Portland Street
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Detective Constable Sarah Wright , based in the city centre, said: “This desperate thief was clearly biding his time until there was only member of staff left on their own.

“The manager managed to get a good look at him of course, but we have been unable to find the offender. That is why we have decided to release the photo of the suspect today and we hope that anyone who recognises him will call the police.”

The offender was described as being white, between 5ft 11in and 6ft tall, with a very slim build. He had short dark brown or black hair and a thin face.

He is described as speaking with an Eastern European accent and was wearing a black cross diamond patterned jacket with a dark hoodie underneath and light blue jeans.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call police on 0161 856 3522 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. ... e-11207264

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