Crime Scene: BETFRED

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Re: Crime Scene: BETFRED

Post by Zero%RTP » Sun Jan 31, 2016 8:37 am

Armed robbers threaten terrified bookmakers' staff in Blackburn town centre

DETECTIVES have launched a manhunt after a ‘terrifying’ armed robbery at a bookmakers in Blackburn.

Two men, covering their faces with what are believed to have been bandanas, walked in to the Betfred betting shop in Ainsworth Street armed with a knife and threatened two male staff.


They then escaped with around £70 in cash.

Police believe they ran off towards Barbara Castle Way.

Nobody was injured during the the ordeal which police said was over in a matter of minutes.

Detectives were yesterday studying CCTV footage of the incident, which happened at 2pm on Sunday, but have made no arrests.

Detective Sergeant Ian Proctor, of Blackburn CID, said: “This was a terrifying incident for the staff.

“It was over in a matter of minutes and fortunately nobody was injured, but it was still a terrifying ordeal just the same.”

Police said the men were white, aged 30 to 40, and wearing dark clothes.

Crime scene investigators were at the shop, close to the new bus station development, on Sunday, but the business was open as normal yesterday.

A police spokeswoman said: “We are appealing for anyone who was in the vicinity at the time who may have seen these males to come forward.

“They can contact the police on 101 quoting crime reference number 653 of the 3rd January or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111 or online at”

Detectives said the raid was an isolated incident.

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Re: Crime Scene: BETFRED

Post by Zero%RTP » Sun Jan 31, 2016 8:38 am

Betfred Newcastle robbery: Knife-wielding raider storms Newcastle bookies

Staff were threatened with a knife in a terrifying raid.

Detectives have questioned suspects men over the daring daytime robbery, which happened at a branch of Betfred on Newcastle’s Clayton Street yesterday.

Armed with a knife a man walked into the large betting shop, at around 12.30pm.

He allegedly threatened staff before stealing cash from the till.

Police say no one was injured in the raid.

Two men, aged 21 and 20, were arrested on suspicion of robbery and released on bail after questioning.

Police probing the incident are now appealing to the public for help and in particular detectives want to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the robber change his clothing next to some nearby wheelie bins.

A Northumbria Police spokeswoman said: “Officers are carrying out enquiries and are appealing for anyone with information to contact them.

“In particular they would like to hear from anyone who was in Charlotte Mews and saw anyone acting suspiciously. It’s thought the offender “changed his clothing near to the blue communal wheelie bins at the side of Charlotte Mews.”

This is not the first time the bookies has been targeted.

In 2008 two male customers watched on in shock as a hooded raider fumbled in his jacket and shouted to the staff he had a gun before vaulting over the camera.

He confronted two female staff members, aged 31 and 19.

But the brave workers refused to hand over any cash.

One fled to a back room, but when the other spotted an object which was not a gun she challenged the crook.

After stuffing his pockets with hundreds of pounds, the robber fled.

The robbery was caught on CCTV and a 23-year-old man was arrested.

However, the only suspect was released without charge.

And no one has ever been brought to book for the raid.

Witnesses should contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference 481 020315 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Re: Crime Scene: BETFRED

Post by Zero%RTP » Sun Jan 31, 2016 8:39 am

Two masked men carrying handguns hold up Betfred in armed robbery

Two men carrying handguns held up a betting shop in an armed robbery - making off with hundreds of pounds and a mobile phone.

At 8.20pm on last night two men entered Betfred, in Findon Road, Findon Valley, threatened with handguns a lone male staff member who was working there, and a customer who was also present. The men stole several hundred pounds in cash, together with a mobile phone belonging to the member of staff.

One of the robbers demanded that the sole customer, a 29-year man, turn out his pockets, and when the man refused the robber struck him on the hand with the gun causing a cut for which the victim was treated at Worthing Hospital.

No shots were fired and the men ran out. No vehicle was seen Both suspects are described as white.

One was 5'8''-5'10''of medium build, wearing dark trousers and shoes, and a casual top with a scarf or similar covering his face.

The second was 6'-6'2'' of stocky build, wearing blue jeans, dark shoes and a dark top. He too had an items concealing his face.

It is believed both suspects were wearing gloves.

Detective Constable Kirsty Murray said; "If you were in the area and saw these two men, either on foot or perhaps with a vehicle, please contact us via 101@sussex, or call 101, quoting serial 1561 of 5/3. You can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Re: Crime Scene: BETFRED

Post by Zero%RTP » Sun Jan 31, 2016 8:39 am

Staff threatened with knife in attempted robbery in Newmarket

The incident happened at a Betfred branch. (File pic)

A man armed with a knife threatened staff at a betting shop in Newmarket last night in an attempted robbery.

Two staff members were in Betfred in Valley Way when the man, who was wearing a black hat and a white mask, burst in holding a knife and demanding money at about 8.55pm.

The staff members managed to lock themselves in a back office and activate the alarm while the man left the shop empty handed after failing to get over the counter.

Police are appealing for information following the incident which has left the staff members "shaken" but not hurt.

The man is described as being about 5ft 7ins tall, of thin build, and wearing a black woollen hat, black hooded top, black jogging bottoms or similar, and wearing a white mask.

He was also carrying a drawstring bag.

Police are asking anyone with information or who may have been in the area at the time to call West Suffolk CID on 101 quoting crime number 12735.

Or, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Re: Crime Scene: BETFRED

Post by Zero%RTP » Sun Jan 31, 2016 8:40 am

Pensioner had winnings snatched in street robbery

Exteriors of the BetFred premises at Sugar Way. EMN-150714-193027009
Robbers snatched a bag of cash from a grandfather who was planning on treating his grandchildren having won big at the races.

The 83-year-old man had won a substantial amount betting on horse racing at Ascot, and was planning on giving the money to his family as a special treat.

The man had only just picked up his winnings from the Befred bookmakers in Sugar Way, Peterborough, when the bag which the cash was being carried in was grabbed from his hand on near-by Belsize Avenue in Woodston at about 4.40pm on Tuesday, June 23.

Police believe the robbery had been carefully planned by a gang.

The robber ran away and managed to escape to a waiting getaway vehicle, believed to be a blue Renault Clio, despite being chased by a member of the public.

It is thought the car sped off along the A605 Oundle Road towards the Ortons following the robbery.

It has not been revealed how much was stolen in the robbery.

While the victim was physically unhurt in the incident, he has been left very shaken and frightened by what happened to him.

DC Fran Scott, who is investigating for Cambridgeshire police, said it was thought a gang was behind the robbery.
She said: “We believe this theft was planned and there was probably more than one person involved.

“I would appeal to anyone with information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, to contact me.”

A spokesman for Betfred said customers were given a choice of ways of picking up their winnings if they had won large amounts of money, including picking up cash at the branch.

The spokesman added 
a £5,000 reward was being offered for anyone with 
information which leads 
to the conviction of those 
behind the robbery and the 
return of the cash to the victim.

Anyone with information about the robbery, or those behind it, is asked to call Cambridgeshire police on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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Re: Crime Scene: BETFRED

Post by Jimmy Justice » Sun Jan 31, 2016 7:01 pm

Thanks for posting all these instances of crime against Betfred. It just shows the danger staff on poor wages have to face, especially when they are working alone. I wonder what Mr Done is trying to do to protect his staff from these criminals?

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Re: Crime Scene: BETFRED

Post by Zero%RTP » Mon Feb 01, 2016 6:00 am

He offers a payday loan if they take time off work :shock:

Leighton Buzzard bookies robber Scott Wilson jailed for three years at Luton Crown Court

Scott Wilson

A ROBBER who stole cash from two bookmakers and a petrol station in Linslade and Leighton Buzzard was jailed for three years on Thursday.

Scott Wilson, 38, and another man went into BetFred in Wing Road at half past six at night on 8 November last year.

He told the 63-year-old cashier: "Give me money." When cash was taken from the till, he said: "Is that all there is?"

Wilson asked the victim to open the safe but, when he told him it would set off an alarm, both men fled. £200 was taken.

At Luton Crown Court, prosecutor Douglas Page said two years earlier the victim had been robbed at gunpoint in the shop and was so frightened, he will not work in the shop again.

Four days later, wearing a pulled down peaked cap, he went alone to Corals in North Street, Leighton Buzzard and behaved politely to the two women cashiers. He asked them: "Can you be heroes and help me out? Do me a favour and give me all the money please."

He became aggressive and said: "Give me all the money." One woman was made to open the safe. When she became flustered, he told her not to worry as he was not going to hurt her. Wilson escaped with £500.

Then at 10.45 on 15 November, he went into the Shell garage in Leighton Buzzard, telling the assistant: "Money, money, where's the money?" He asked the assistant if he wanted to fight, before escaping with £100 from the till and an unknown amount of cigarettes.

Wilson, of Kilgour Court, Bassett Road, Leighton Buzzard, pleaded guilty to two charges of robbery and asked for one charge of robbery to be taken into consideration.

Defending, Stephen Moore said: "When sober and off drugs, Mr Wilson is a very different man. He has provided a written apology to the victims."

He said his drug addiction was the cause of the offences.

Jailing him, Judge Philip Bartle QC told him: "These robberies were planned. You disguised yourself, and the people concerned were frightened. There is no mitigation, except you pleaded guilty ."

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Re: Crime Scene: BETFRED

Post by Zero%RTP » Thu Feb 25, 2016 7:20 pm

Robbers armed with gun and hammer threatened staff in Barnsley bookmakers

Men armed with a gun and a hammer threatened staff during a robbery of a bookmakers in Barnsley.

The pair, who had their faces covered during the raid, struck at Betfred in Worsbrough Common between 7.55pm and 8.05pm on Saturday, February 20 as a member of staff was leaving.

He was forced back into the shop by the robbers who threatened him and a colleague.

The robbers stole cash and mobile phones from the shop.

A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “Officers are appealing for information following reports of an armed robbery at a bookmakers in the Worsbrough Common area of Barnsley.

“Sometime between 7.55-8.05pm on Saturday, February 20, it is reported that a member of staff was leaving the shop when he was forced back inside the building by two men unknown to him.

“Once inside, the two men, who are believed to have had their faces covered, are said to have threatened the man and another member of staff.

“It is believed that the men were in possession of a handgun and a hammer.

“No one was injured during the incident but the two members of staff were understandably left shaken by the incident.

“The two men stole a quantity of cash and a number of mobile phones from the shop.

“Detectives investigating the matter are asking anyone who was in the area around the time of the incident to contact police.

“Did you see anyone acting suspiciously in the area?”

Call South Yorkshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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Re: Crime Scene: BETFRED

Post by Zero%RTP » Mon Mar 28, 2016 11:24 am

Jailed: Man who held up bookies with chair arm made to look like a gun

Steven Ross when he was in Great Western Hospital in 2012 after becoming ill through taking legal highs
A MASKED raider who held up a betting shop with the arm of a chair wrapped in a bin liner to make it look like a gun has been jailed.

Steven Ross waved the 'weapon' at the terrified cashier and told him 'I'll do it' during the hold up on a Saturday afternoon in January.

And Ross, 41, had doctored the time he said he had left his bail hostel as he went out to commit the raid to try and provide himself with an alibi.

But an eagle-eyed local spotted him acting suspiciously as he changed his clothes in a nearby car in the moments after the raid.

And when police investigated the vehicle they found it contained a bag with the defendant's and cashier's fingerprints on it as well as his disguise.

Claire Marlow, prosecuting, told Swindon Crown Court how the hold up took place at BetFred on Devizes Road, at 4.40pm on Saturday, January 23.

She played store's CCTV footage which showed Lee Childs behind the counter chatting to a customer when a masked man burst in.

Brandishing the bin liner containing the piece of wood he rushed to the till, threw a large Aldi carrier bag at him and said 'This is a robbery: put all the money in the ****ing bag. I'm not messing about'.

"He had something in his hand wrapped in a black bin liner. He said 'I'll ****ing do it'. This, Mr Child, thought was an indication he had a gun.

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"He put the money in the bag. Mr Ross then snatched it and ran out of the bookmakers on to Devizes Road."

As well as police receiving a 999 call from the store they also got one on the 101 system from a local resident.

He had spotted someone in a car port on Ripley Road changing their clothing with a scarf and woollen hat as well as a large Aldi bag.

Miss Marlow said the police seized the items and as well as finding they matched the CCTV they also found the fingerprints and DNA on them.

Ross, of Croft Road, pleaded guilty to robbery.

The court heard he had a long list of crime, serving many jail terms.

Kevin Batch, defending, said while the robbery was clearly planned it was not particularly sophisticated.

He said the only consolation in the pre sentence came at the end where his client said he felt he had to change.

"It wasn't a gun. I am told it was a piece of chair arm. Mr Ross accepts that to the person behind the counter it could have been anything," he told the court.

Jailing him for three years and four months, Judge Peter Blair QC said: "I have to sentence you for this offence of robbery which you committed on a bookmakers.

"In order to go about committing it you produced a false timing when you signed out of your accommodation, which I have no doubt was in a view to set up a potential alibi for not being in the bookmakers when you were.

"You changed your clothing in order to make it less easy for you to be identified, you covered your face with a scarf and a beanie hat and adjusted it in footage I have seen from the bookmakers to make it less easy to identify you.

"You made some effort at not being caught for what is a very serious offence, as you know. You know that a serious prison sentence faces you."

In 2012 Ross spoke to the Adver from his hospital bed after nearly being killed by a legal high.

At the time he said: “If I don’t give up I am going to die as well. But when something like this happens to you, it opens your eyes.” ... ike_a_gun/

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Re: Crime Scene: BETFRED

Post by Zero%RTP » Wed Apr 20, 2016 5:48 am

Bookies threatened with knife during robbery

Robbers threatened bookmakers with a knife during a robbery in Preston.

CCTV has been released of two men police want to trace in connection with the robbery at Betfred in Granton Walk, Ingol.

CCTV of a knife-point robbery at Betfred in Granton Walk, Ingol on April 17
CCTV of a knife-point robbery at Betfred in Granton Walk, Ingol on April 17

Police said that at around 9.15pm on Sunday, April 17, two men approached the bookmakers.

One of the pair held the door while the other entered the shop and threatened staff with a large knife while making demands for cash.

DC Mark Burns from Preston CID said: “This was clearly a very frightening ordeal for the people working in the shop at the time.

“Thankfully no one was physically hurt during the incident despite a knife being used make threats.

CCTV of a knife-point robbery at Betfred in Granton Walk, Ingol on April 17
CCTV of a knife-point robbery at Betfred in Granton Walk, Ingol on April 17

“If you saw or recognise these men, or you have any information about the incident, please get in contact with us.”

The offender managed to get away with around £4,000 in cash.

One man is desctibed as white, in his early 20s, round 5ft 5 ins and was wearing a light grey hooded jacket and light grey tracksuit bottoms.

The other man is also white, of a similar age, of slim build and was wearing a dark blue jacket, blue tracksuit bottoms and a black balaclava.

Anyone with information can call Preston CID on 01772 209755. Alternatively they can ring police on 101 quoting log 1408 of April 17. ... -1-7862412

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