CRIME SCENE: CORAL

Tell us here about your experiences of people committing crime to fund gambling.
Zero%RTP
Supporter
Posts: 132
Joined: Wed Jan 27, 2016 1:08 pm

CRIME SCENE: CORAL

Post by Zero%RTP » Mon Feb 01, 2016 5:54 am

Robber who raided Sele Farm bookies he used hours earlier jailed

Brian Gage held up Coral in Sele Farm

A bungling robber who held up a bookies was caught after staff recognised him – because he had been in the shop earlier that day.

Brian Gage, who took cash from the Sele Farm Coral using an imitation pistol and ski mask, also concocted a story that someone else had put on his clothes to carry it out.

The 43-year-old was today handed a nine-year sentence at St Albans Crown Court for the incident, which happened on November 18.

He had told the manager behind the counter of the Fleming Crescent shop: "Empty the till - all of it."

He then shouted "any of you move and I will cap you" at the customers.

Gage, from Windsor Drive in Hertford – the neighbouring road to the betting shop – gave instructions for the safe to be emptied, with the money placed in a plastic bag which had contained the weapon.

He was given between £500 and £600 which was stuffed in the bag.

Colin Banham, prosecuting, said that as the drama was unfolding inside the betting shop, customers present thought the weapon Gage was brandishing was a real pistol.

Before making off, he warned people present: "Don't look at me, don't follow me or I will cap you."

But, despite the attempt to hide his face, the court was told the manager recognised Gage as someone who had been in the shop earlier that same afternoon.

CCTV footage was recovered which clearly showed him and, when it was passed to the police, he was soon identified.

Appearing via video link from Bedford Prison, Gage pleaded guilty to robbery and possessing an imitation firearm.

Mr Banham said it didn't take officers long to find Gage.

Five days later he was being held at Stevenage Police Station on another matter when it was realised he was wanted for the robbery, and further arrested.

He told detectives the robber had not been him, and that someone else had been wearing his clothes.

Before sentence was passed today, his barrister Andrew Kerry told the court that Gage had been threatened by a gang to commit the robbery.

Judge John Plumstead jailed him for a total of nine years.

Zero%RTP
Supporter
Posts: 132
Joined: Wed Jan 27, 2016 1:08 pm

Re: CRIME SCENE: CORAL

Post by Zero%RTP » Tue Feb 02, 2016 6:22 am

Uddingston bookies robbed of £375 by taxi driver who claimed he had a knife
15:38, 1 FEB 2016 UPDATED 15:40, 1 FEB 2016 BY HAMILTON ADVERTISER
The 36-year-old robber had been seen outside the premises at 11am that day waiting for customers to leave.


image: Image


A member of staff at an Uddingston bookies was forced to hand over £375 in cash to a robber who claimed he had a knife.

Taxi driver Kenneth Duncan (36), of Castle Street, Hamilton, had admitted a charge of assaulting and robbing Coral bookmakers’ assistant manager Amber Johnstone of the money at the Main Street branch on October 8, 2014. Ms Johnstone, was 20-years-old at the time of the offence.

Fiscal depute Callum Forsyth told Hamilton Sheriff Court the accused had been seen outside the premises at 11am that day waiting for customers to leave.

The depute fiscal added: “After the shop was clear of customers he went inside. He was loitering about, pacing back and forwards.”


Duncan approached the service counter and passed Ms Johnstone a betting slip on which had been written: “I have a knife. Just give me the money. I don’t want to use it.”

Wearing a hooded top, he was standing with his right hand within the top’s right hand pocket.

He then said to her: “Just give me the money. I don’t want to hurt you.”

The complainer said to Duncan “Are you kidding?” and he responded “I’m desperate.”

Duncan pushed his hand forward within the pocket making the complainer think he had a knife.

Ms Johnstone pressed the panic alarm which made no audible tone.

Mr Forsyth said Duncan stated to the complainer: “Give me all your £20 and £10 notes.” The complainer opened a tin and Duncan said: “Give me all the fives as well.”

Ms Johnstone handed him £175 in £20, £10 and £5 notes, but Duncan stated to the complainer: “There must be more. Get the tills opened.”

She told him that there wasn’t any money, but Duncan said there had to be.

Ms Johnstone opened the other tills to show him there was no money there. But Duncan said: “You have got a safe. Open it.”

She opened the safe and Duncan told her to hand over the notes. She handed him £200.

The fiscal depute said Duncan fled and police were contacted.

CCTV was reviewed and the accused was identified as the perpetrator.

He went to Hamilton Police Office on October 18. Two detective constables spoke to him and he confessed to the crime.

Mr Forsyth said in reply to caution and charge, Duncan said: “I’m so sorry for what I have done.”

Sheriff Shiona Waldron deferred sentence on Duncan until February 22 for a criminal justice social work report. Bail was continued meantime.


Read more at http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local ... VHHtoBe.99

Zero%RTP
Supporter
Posts: 132
Joined: Wed Jan 27, 2016 1:08 pm

Re: CRIME SCENE: CORAL

Post by Zero%RTP » Sun Feb 07, 2016 10:08 am

Betting shop robber jailed - Hertford

28/01/2016

A man, who robbed a betting shop in Hertford, was jailed for nine years today, Thursday, 28 January 2016.

Brian Gage, aged 43, struck at the Coral betting shop in Fleming Crescent in the town on the afternoon of 18 November last year.

St Albans Crown Court was told today how, wearing a ski mask to hide his face, he had gone into the shop with an imitation firearm. He had told the manager behind the counter: "Empty the till - all of it." And, to other customers in the shop, he had screamed: "Any of you move and I will cap you." During the terrifying hold up, Gage, from Windsor Drive, Hertford, gave instructions for the safe to be emptied of any cash, with the money placed in a plastic bag which had contained the weapon. As a result, the court heard, he was given between £500 and £600 which was stuffed in the bag.

Colin Banham, prosecuting, said that as the drama was unfolding inside the betting shop, customers present thought the weapon Gage was brandishing was a real pistol. Before making off, he warned people present: "Don't look at me, don't follow me or I will cap you." But despite the attempt to hide his face, the court was told the manager recognised Gage as someone who had been in the shop earlier that same afternoon. CCTV footage was recovered which clearly showed him and when it was passed to the police, he was soon identified.

As a result, he appeared at court today via a video link from Bedford Prison, where he has been held in custody, to plead guilty to robbery and possessing an imitation firearm at the time of committing the robbery.

Before sentence was passed today, his barrister Andrew Kerry told the court that Gage had been threatened by a gang to commit the robbery.

Judge John Plumstead jailed Gage for a total of nine years.

Please note - all court copies are provided by South Beds News Agency, who retain the copyright for all articles published.

Zero%RTP
Supporter
Posts: 132
Joined: Wed Jan 27, 2016 1:08 pm

Re: CRIME SCENE: CORAL

Post by Zero%RTP » Sun Feb 07, 2016 10:16 am

Archives



Police officer stabbed twice after stumbling upon betting shop robbery

By Daily Mail Reporter 06:26 20 May 2010, updated 06:26 20 May 2010


A man was being questioned today on suspicion of robbery and attempted murder after a detective was stabbed in the stomach during an armed raid at a bookmakers.

The officer, in his mid 30s, was investigating an unrelated matter at the Coral bookmakers in Bracknell, Berkshire, with a female colleague when they stumbled upon a robbery taking place at about noon yesterday.

He was praised for his bravery in tackling the robber, who stabbed him twice before making his escape with a small amount of cash.

Coral in Bracknell, Berkshire
Crime scene: A man has been arrested after a detective was stabbed during an armed at a bookmakers in Bracknell, Berkshire
Chief Inspector Simon Bowden, commander of the Bracknell police area for Thames Valley Police, said: 'The detectives, in plain clothes, literally stumbled across the robbery as it took place.

'The officer intervened to try to apprehend the offender, very bravely, and suffered the stab wounds.'

The victim, an unmarried man who lives in the Reading area, underwent surgery at a local hospital. His family is now at his bedside in the intensive care unit.

A man in his late 20s was arrested on suspicion of robbery and attempted murder.

Police launched a major search, involving a helicopter and the force's dog unit, which led them to the suspect, who was arrested at about 1.40pm.

Chief Inspector Bowden said the injured detective has been with Thames Valley Police for eight years and is based in Bracknell.

He added: 'His colleague is clearly very upset at having witnessed what happened.'

Such incidents are very rare in the region, he said, being only the sixth business robbery in the Bracknell Forest area in the past 12 months.

Simon Clare, director of communications at Coral, said staff at the bookmakers, who were left shaken but unharmed, owed the detective a 'debt of gratitude' for his bravery.

He said: 'It was an extraordinary and appalling incident in which this individual came in and was attempting to carry out an armed robbery.

'Coincidentally, but very fortuitously, there happened to be these police officers in the shop.

'A couple of hundred pounds was taken and then this very brave officer tackled him outside the shop and that's where he got these appalling injuries.'

Mr Clare said the robbery was 'frightening' for staff, who had been shocked by events.

He added: 'Their prime thoughts are for the well-being of this police officer. We owe him a debt of gratitude for his bravery.

'It seems as if he's over the worst, which is great news. His injuries were potentially life threatening - we narrowly avoided a serious tragedy here.'

He said Coral staff were working with police as they investigated the crime.

Zero%RTP
Supporter
Posts: 132
Joined: Wed Jan 27, 2016 1:08 pm

Re: CRIME SCENE: CORAL

Post by Zero%RTP » Sun Feb 07, 2016 10:20 am

Archives



What are the odds? Bookies raided twice in five minutes

Coral in Crumpsall Manchester was targeted by two separate groups of bandits in five minutesCoral in Crumpsall, Manchester was targeted by two separate groups of bandits in five minutes [MEN]

I have never known anything like this to happen before.
Simon Clare, Coral communications director
Police believe the two groups who targeted the luckless Coral store in Crumpsall, Manchester only 300 seconds apart had no idea about each other's plot.

Greater Manchester Police do not think the two gangs "are connected in any way", having linked the first group with the hold-up of a mini-market minutes earlier.

The three-strong masked gang, one carrying a sledgehammer, tried to rob the Nisa store in Newcliffe Road, Blackley, but fled empty handed after scuffling with the shopkeeper.

About 20 minutes later, they rushed into the bookies in nearby Landsdowne Road, threatened staff, and tried to open the safe, before escaping with a "three-figure sum".

Police believe the trio then fled towards Cheetham Hill in a silver Vauxhall Vectra.

Just five minutes later, two hapless raiders bursted into the bookies wielding a crowbar. There was, however, only loose change left over from the first raid at 7.15pm on November 6.

Coral communications director Simon Clare said the company was supporting those who were present. Nobody was hurt during the "terrifying" raids.

Staff barely had time to recover their breath at Coral in Crumpsall, Manchester during the two raids [GETTY]

He said: "I have never known anything like this to happen before, but clearly our main priority is to ensure those who were working are OK.

"They were shocked, it was a really frightening experience. These are really terrifying incidents for the people involved and our main priority is to help them after the event and assist the police to catch those who did it."

Mr Clare said the first group made off with a "three-figure" sum and the bumbling pair that followed managed to escape with "pennies…loose change".

He said Coral never allowed much money to be kept within reach of thieves in the front of its branches, which are shored up with CCTV and state-of-the-art security.

Greater Manchester Police are yet to arrest anyone in connection with the raids, but are appealing for information

Detective Sergeant Steven Harris, of Greater Manchester Police, said: "At this stage we believe the three men with the sledgehammer who attempted to rob the mini-market are the same three men who then attempted to rob Coral on the first occasion.

"We don't think the two men who subsequently went into Coral bookmakers are connected in any way."

Anyone with information should call police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Zero%RTP
Supporter
Posts: 132
Joined: Wed Jan 27, 2016 1:08 pm

Re: CRIME SCENE: CORAL

Post by Zero%RTP » Sun Feb 07, 2016 10:22 am

Archives




Man found dead in betting shop toilets


A MAN found dead in a Stanwell betting shop "might still be alive" if the door to the toilet he was discovered in had been forced open earlier.

That was the claim made by a customer of the Coral bookmakers in Corinthian Way, where police were called at 12.45pm on Tuesday after the body of 39-year-old Marc Smithers was found.

Although it is not clear how long Mr Smithers had been in the toilet, the customer suggested it could have been since last Thursday (November 15) when he first noticed the door could not be opened.

Keith Clark, 55, from St Mary’s Close in Stanwell, who left the bookies 15 minutes before police were called, said: “If the door had been kicked in on Thursday night, he might still be alive. If it turns out he died between Friday and Sunday, there’s going to be big problems.”

Mr Clark explained he had tried repeatedly to use the toilet between Thursday and Saturday but was unable to open the door on each occasion.

He said he spoke to members of staff, including managers, and someone did suggest kicking in the door, which can only be locked from the inside.

After another couple of days without being able to access the toilet, he said customers and staff had been joking about the situation suggesting it was someone mucking around.

“He is someone’s son and it’s distressing," Mr Clark added.

"The family is going to be completely devastated that he was in there for four or five days.”

Mr Clark said the shop was monitored by CCTV which "must show when he [Mr Smithers] went in".

A notice has been placed on the front door of the bookmakers saying it is temporarily closed.

Coral’s PR director Simon Clare said: “It’s clearly a tragic event. Our thoughts are with the friends and family of the deceased and we are assisting police with their enquiries. Until we know more, I cannot comment further at this stage.”

A spokesman for Surrey Police confirmed the body of Mr Smithers, from Edinburgh Drive, Staines, was found in the toilet on Tuesday afternoon, with the last sighting of him on the previous Thursday.

He had not been reported missing and his death is not being treated as suspicious.

Zero%RTP
Supporter
Posts: 132
Joined: Wed Jan 27, 2016 1:08 pm

Re: CRIME SCENE: CORAL

Post by Zero%RTP » Sat Feb 13, 2016 9:52 am

Robber jailed for raids at Leeds bookies

David Crossley jailed for over seven years.
A CAREER criminal who threatened staff at two betting shops after telling them he was armed with a gun has been jailed for more than seven years.


David Crossley targeted a Coral and a William Hill bookmakers on the same day in the Harehills area of Leeds on October 21 last year.

Crossley, 39, went into both premises holding a bag before pointing it towards counter staff and telling them he was holding a gun.

Leeds Crown Court heard £400 in cash was handed to Crossley at Coral but he left empty handed in the attempted William Hill raid.

Two days later Crossley used his girlfriend’s car during a burglary at a house on Oakwood Lane.

Crossley caused a disruption to the internet signal as he took property from downstairs rooms.

The owner of the house was upstairs at the time of the break-in and went to investigate.

Crossley ran from the property but was chased by the victim who saw him get into a car which was registered to his partner. Crossley, of no fixed address was traced to her address.

His fingerprint was found at the scene of the burglary.

He pleaded guilty to robbery, attempted robbery and burglary.

The court heard Crossley has a long list of previous convictions and has served prison sentences for burglary.

Michael Collins, mitigating, said the offences were committed to fund Crossley’s addiction to crack cocaine.

He added: “He knows that he is going to spend the next few years in custody and he is going to concentrate on staying drug free and doing something positive with his life when he comes out in his mid forties.”

Crossley was sentenced to seven years, four months.

Zero%RTP
Supporter
Posts: 132
Joined: Wed Jan 27, 2016 1:08 pm

Re: CRIME SCENE: CORAL

Post by Zero%RTP » Sat Feb 20, 2016 8:22 am

Armed junkies jailed after robbing bookies

Coral in Stoke and inset, Keith Degg, top, and Andrew Palethorpe, below.

TWO men wearing hoods and scarves to disguise their identities brandished weapons as they robbed a city betting shop.

Keith Degg wielded a knife and Andrew Palethorpe had a bottle as Degg demanded money from the manager at Coral Bookmakers, Stoke.

David Evans gave him £150 but Degg, who went behind the counter, demanded more and he handed over a further £300.

Palethorpe was arrested within minutes, but Degg assaulted a police officer as he was taken into custody a few days later.

Now Degg has been jailed for 50 months and Palethorpe has been locked up for four years at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.

Prosecutor Philip Brunt said Mr Evans was behind the counter at the Campbell Place bookies when the two defendants entered at 9.17am on Sunday, October 18.

Mr Brunt told the court: "Degg had a knife which was part of a multi-tool and Palethorpe was brandishing a bottle.

"Degg demanded money. He held the knife out and said, 'Give me the money'. Mr Evans handed over some cash and change. He estimated about £150. Degg said that wasn't enough and told him to open the gate. Mr Evans did. He took another £300 from the safe and handed that over.

"Degg's responded by saying, 'And the rest', but there wasn't any more money. The two left."

One customer ran out the store to summon help. The only other customer, a disabled woman, was very upset after witnessing the robbery.

Police found Palethorpe, aged 36, lying under a van.

Degg, also aged 36, got away, but he was identified by an officer who viewed the CCTV.

He assaulted a police officer while being taken into custody and another officer used a spray to detain him.


http://m.stokesentinel.co.uk/Armed-junk ... story.html

Zero%RTP
Supporter
Posts: 132
Joined: Wed Jan 27, 2016 1:08 pm

Re: CRIME SCENE: CORAL

Post by Zero%RTP » Sun Feb 28, 2016 7:38 am

CCTV image released after two knifepoint robberies at a bookmakers in east London

A CCTV image has been released of a man detectives want to speak to in connection with two knifepoint robberies at a bookmakers in east London.

Both robberies took place at Coral in The Portway, Stratford, with the first on November 24 and the second on December 4.

A Metropolitan Police Service spokesman said on both occasions, a staff member was en route to bank takings when they were robbed at knifepoint.

A total of £7,500 is said to have been taken.

The suspect is described as a black man who was wearing a black balaclava with grey vertical stitching up the middle, a black Nike puffa-style jacket and black Nike Air Force 1 trainers with white soles.

Anyone with information should call the Flying Squad on 020 8345 1400 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting crime reference 5334676/14.

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/cc ... 90706.html

Zero%RTP
Supporter
Posts: 132
Joined: Wed Jan 27, 2016 1:08 pm

Re: CRIME SCENE: CORAL

Post by Zero%RTP » Tue Mar 15, 2016 11:14 am

Armed robbery at Carlisle bookmakers

SHARE THIS STORY


Armed robbery at Coral bookmakers


Armed robbery at Coral bookmakers


Armed robbery at Coral bookmakers

15 March 2016 7:35AM

Police were called to an armed robbery at a Carlisle bookmakers.

Officers were deployed just after 8pm yesterday following a report of a raid at the Coral betting shop on Old Raffles Parade.

Armed police were deployed as a precaution.

There were no reports of any injuries. Police last night said they were searching for a male suspect.

He was about 6ft tall and was wearing a grey or black hoody, with a black scarf, white gloves and was carrying a carrier bag.

A force spokesman said: "If you see a man matching this description contact police immediately and please do not approach him."

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101

14 March 2016 9:12PM

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests