CRIME SCENE: CORAL

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Re: CRIME SCENE: CORAL

Post by Zero%RTP » Thu Mar 24, 2016 6:20 am

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Bookies robber told to get help with gambling problem

Hamilton Sheriff Court heard of betting shop raid.
A taxi driver who robbed a betting shop has been ordered to get help with his gambling problem.


A sheriff decided not to jail Kenneth Duncan who told a 20-year-old female member of staff he had a knife and demanded money.

He admitted robbing the employee of £375 at Coral in Main Street, Uddingston, in October 2014.

Duncan (36), of Castle Street, Hamilton, appeared at the town’s sheriff court today, having failed to turn up last month for sentence.

The court heard that during the robbery he approached the counter and passed 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 had his right hand within the top’s right hand pocket.

He told the assistant he didn’t want to hurt her, adding: “I’m desperate.”

Duncan pushed his hand forward within his pocket, making the young woman fear he had a knife.

When notes were handed over he left the premises, but he was traced through CCTV.

A defence agent said Duncan had shown “significant remorse”.

Sheriff Shiona Waldron criticised the accused for failing to co-operate with a social worker preparing background reports then not turning up for sentence last month.

He spent more than three weeks in custody awaiting sentence after police traced him.

Sheriff Waldron told him: “I have been offered no explanation for your non-attendance, but you’ll understand how serious it is since you were remanded in custody.”

The sheriff put Duncan under supervision for 18 months and ordered him to get help with his gambling, drink and drug problems. He must also do 200 hours of unpaid community work within eight months.

The sheriff warned she was giving him an alternative to prison and he will be jailed if he fails to comply.

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Re: CRIME SCENE: CORAL

Post by Jimmy Justice » Thu Mar 24, 2016 8:51 am

Thanks for continuing to update us on all these cases. :D

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Re: CRIME SCENE: CORAL

Post by Zero%RTP » Sat Apr 02, 2016 7:07 am

Police release CCTV to identify man in Grays bookmakers robbery

DETECTIVES investigating a robbery at a bookmakers in Grays have released CCTV images of a man they would like to identify as part of their enquiries.

It happened shortly before 8.40pm on Wednesday, 16 March at Corals in Clarence Road. A man entered the store and threatened staff with a knife before jumping over the counter, snatching a three figure sum of cash from the till and running off.

The suspect is described as white, 5ft 10ins tall, of a muscular build and was wearing light grey tracksuit bottoms with “MCKENZIE” on the left leg and a red hooded top with “FRANKLIN AND MARSHALL” written on the front. He was also wearing a thin green parka style jacket.

Officers are linking the robbery to an attempted robbery which happened nearby just an hour before.

It occurred at the Tesco Express store in Drake Road. A man carrying a knife entered the shop and forced open the till area by kicking in the door. He tried to open the till but was unable to and left empty handed.

Investigating Officer Dc Andrew Marr of Grays CID said: “We are linking these two incidents and would really like to identify the man in the attached photographs.

“We appreciate they are not the clearest of images and do not show a clear view of the man’s face. However, someone may recognise him from his clothing or general appearance. I would urge anyone who has any information to come forward.”

Anybody that can help is asked to contact Dc Marr at Grays on Essex Police 101. People can also give information anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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Re: CRIME SCENE: CORAL

Post by Zero%RTP » Sat Apr 02, 2016 7:16 am

Betting shop robber was regular punter

Mark Greenhorn targeted the Coral Bookmakers in Bainsford
A hapless robber targeted a betting shop where he was a regular punter.


When Mark Greenhorn left the scene the scarf covering his face dropped leaving a clear image of him on CCTV footage.

Staff recognised him as a man who had been on the premises earlier.

Unemployed Greenhorn (32) made his getaway on a bike but after the image taken from security cameras was shown to local police he was idenified.

Greenhorn admitted assaulting employees Natasha Hoehle (40) and Jade Nixon (19) at a branch of Coral Racing, in Main Street, Bainsford, on December 22 last year by brandishing a knife, demanding money and robbing them with his face partially masked.

Advocate depute David Taylor told the High Court in Edinburgh that Greenhorn had initially arrived at the premises by bike and put his head in the door and told staff: “I’ve forgot my wallet.”

The prosecutor said both the robbery victims recognised him as “a regular customer” but did not know his name.

A short time later another customer who had been in the betting shop left and Greenhorn returned with his hood pulled up and a scarf over the lower part of his face.

“Both victims were able to recognise him as the same person who had popped his head in a short time earlier,” said Mr Taylor.

He threw a bag at the staff demanding money and was armed with a knife with a blade of 20 to 25 cms.

“The accused was screaming at them to put money in the bag and shouting ‘Don’t dare call the police’,” said the advocate depute.

He grabbed the bag containing £140 and warned staff to wait five minutes before contacting the police. He made off on his bike and an alarm was activated.

CCTV footage from the premises was checked. “It was noted that as the accused left the shop, his scarf which had been covering his face had dropped, exposing his face and a clear image of him was seen,” said Mr Taylor.

Greenhorn was detained the following day and charged with assault and robbery and £55 in cash was taken from him.

Mr Taylor said the victims were traumatised at the time of the incident and were seen on CCTV “hugging each other in relief after the accused had left the premises and they had contacted the police”.

The court heard that Grenhorn has 16 previous convictions, including three for assault and was previously jailed for 16 months following a conviction for serious assault.

Defence counsel Derick Nelson said the latest offence was “a bit of a departure” for him.

Judge Lord Brailsford, deferred sentence on Greenhorn to obtain a background report on him. He was remanded in custody.


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Re: CRIME SCENE: CORAL

Post by Zero%RTP » Thu Apr 07, 2016 3:13 pm

Jailed: Stable lad who robbed bookie's at knifepoint

A STABLE lad who robbed a bookie's at knifepoint has been jailed for five years.

Guy Sullivan went into Corals in Market Street, and waved a knife at the lone female cashier before snatching the takings.

But the 35-year-old was recognised by police when they looked at CCTV footage and when the victim viewed an identity parade she burst into tears when she saw his face again.

Sullivan caused a social media storm last year after being reported missing when he failed to show for a new job at Brian Meehan's stables at Manton, near Marlborough.

Messages on Twitter were shared by the likes of AP McCoy and Jonjo O'Neill before he was eventually found safe and well in late April.

Hannah Squire, prosecuting, told Swindon Crown Court that the raid took place at about 7.30pm on Saturday, September 19.

She said the assistant manager had locked the door to empty the gaming machines when she saw Sullivan at the door.

"She assumed he was a customer so she buzzed the door. He entered. She saw immediately he had a knife," she said.

"He was also wearing a black hooded top, it was pulled round his face. He said 'I am not going to hurt you sweetheart'."

Miss Squire said that while he never made a verbal threat to the woman it was implicit from the brandishing of the knife.

"She was very scared, she was very shocked as is clear in her statement," she told the court.

"He reached over and took the box which was the taking she had been counting. He dropped £20 on the way out. He had been in the shop less than one minute."

She said the box he took contained £3,843.90p which had been taken out of the machines and was being counted when he stormed in.

The banknote he left was later found to have his fingerprints on it and despite him being identified by the cashier and police he made no comment when questioned.

Sullivan, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to robbery. The court heard he had a long history of crime going back to when he was a youth.

As well as other robberies and burglaries in the past, Miss Squire said he was currently serving a jail term for stealing high value items from jewellery shops.

Alex Daymond, defending, said his client had been a heroin addict for many years, which was apparent by his previous convictions, and was expecting a jail term.

For many years he had worked as a stable hand for racehorse trainers, he said, but after a close friend died in February last year he went off the rails.

He told the court that his client had written a letter apologising to the victim and he was very sorry for what he had done.

Jailing him, Recorder Ben Compton QC said: "The assistant manager was working alone and she thought you were just another customer.

"And when you saw her you must have realised it was a single woman working alone: you must have realised she was very vulnerable.

"'I am not going to hurt you sweetheart,' must have been pretty hollow words to her. Imagine just how terrifying it must have been for her.

"There are aggravating features in this case and you should be utterly ashamed by what you did."


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Re: CRIME SCENE: CORAL

Post by Zero%RTP » Wed Apr 13, 2016 5:09 am

Armed raid at Coral bookies

A knifeman has raided a Stoke-on-Trent bookmakers.

According to Staffordshire Police, a man entered Coral Racing in King Street, Fenton brandishing a kitchen knife.

The man entered the branch shortly before 8pm last night and demanded money from the till.

He threatened staff with a kitchen knife and escaped with an amount of cash.

It is understood no member of staff was harmed in the raid but they were left shocked.

A police spokesman said: "The offender was described as being young, with ginger hair and freckles and he was wearing dark clothing with a hood, a scarf and gloves.

"The man left the shop and turned left down Bishop Street."
Eyewitnesses reported a heavy police presence in the area following the incident and officers are today continuing their investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Police on 101 quoting incident number 678 of April 11. Alternatively, callers can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.




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Re: CRIME SCENE: CORAL

Post by Zero%RTP » Thu Apr 14, 2016 6:40 am

Second raid on Stoke-on-Trent bookies in as many days

Police are yet to confirm whether the raids are connected

Police are hunting for a man who robbed a bookies at knife point - just a day after another bookies was robbed in a similar way.

A man entered the Coral Racing Bookies on Tower Square at around 9pm last night (Tuesday April 12) and demanded cash after threatening staff with what was described as a kitchen knife.

The man escaped with an amount of cash and ran off past the Barrel and Paradise pubs before fleeing down a walkway.

A police spokesman said: "The offender is described as being a white male, short in height and was wearing a grey hoodie, dark trousers and light coloured trainers and had his face covered with a black scarf."

On Monday night a Coral bookies in Fenton was robbed by a man who was also described as being armed with a kitchen knife.

Anyone with any information about the Tunstall incident is asked to contact the Police on 101 quoting incident number 750 of April 12.

Anyone with information about the Fenton incident is asked to call 101 quoting incident number 678 of April 11.

Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Editor's note: We are asking Staffordshire Police whether or not they believe the two raids may be connected.


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Re: CRIME SCENE: CORAL

Post by Zero%RTP » Thu May 05, 2016 4:29 am

POLICE are looking for information after a robbery at Coral bookmakers in Hook.

A man carrying a knife approached the counter of the bookies, in Station Road, Hook, and demanded money from the 30-year-old shop worker.

The man took approximately £780 before heading off in the direction of the Tesco supermarket on Monday May 2 between 9.25pm and 9.35pm.

Detectives have since released a CCTV image of a man they wish to speak to about the incident.

The man is described as wearing a black Nike hooded top and trousers, balaclava and trainers, and was carrying an orange-coloured bag.

Detective Constable Mark Ogburn, from Aldershot CID, said: “This is a rare incident to take place in Hook, but I would appeal for anyone who has any information about what happened to contact us as soon as possible.

“Were you in the Station Road area at around this time? Perhaps you were in one of the nearby pubs or restaurants? Did you see a man dressed in black acting suspiciously? If so, please get contact us.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Ogburn at Aldershot CID on 101, quoting 44160165186.

Alternatively, people can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, where information can be left anonymously.


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Re: CRIME SCENE: CORAL

Post by Zero%RTP » Fri May 06, 2016 4:59 am

Woodford Green bookies robber jailed for five years

13:31 05 May 2016

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David Manton
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A man who robbed a Coral betting shop pretending to hold a gun in a bag has been sentenced to five years imprisonment.

David Manton, 34, of no fixed address, appeared at Snaresbrook Crown Court yesterday, where he was sentenced for one count of robbery and one count of attempted robbery.

The court heard that at 4.15pm on January 23 Manton entered the Coral betting shop in Snakes Lane East, Woodford Green.

He threatened the female cashier with what appeared to be a gun wrapped in a bag and demanded money.

Manton made off with approximately £200.

On February 4, at 8.50am, he tried to rob another bookmakers in Woodgrange Road, Forest Gate, Newham.

Manton again threatened a member of staff with a pretend gun concealed in a bag, but the cashier refused and escaped out of the back door.

The robber fled empty handed.

The Metropolitan Police’s Flying Squad launched an investigation, identifying Manton after releasing CCTV images to the media.

He was arrested on March 7, and admitted the offences at Snaresbrook Crown Court on April 5.

Flying Squad Det Cons Eddie Norman said: “Manton left staff at the bookmakers he targeted terrified and fearing for their lives simply so he could gain financially.

“The Flying Squad will proactively target armed robbers and on this occasion I would like to thank the media and the public for their help in identifying Manton as the suspect.”


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Re: CRIME SCENE: CORAL

Post by Zero%RTP » Wed May 11, 2016 4:59 am

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A robber who target a betting shop where he was a regular punter in an armed raid was jailed for 44 months today.

Mark Greenhorn partly masked his face but the scarf he was using to cover up dropped as he was leaving and a clear image of him was caught on CCTV footage.

His attempt to disguise himself failed to stop staff in the Bainsford bookies recognising him as a man who had called earlier at the premises.



Unemployed Greenhorn (32) made his getaway on a bike but after the image taken from security cameras was shown to local police officers he was identified.

A judge told him at the High Court in Edinburgh: “As you appreciate, the two ladies serving behind the counter must have been terrified.”

Lord Brailsford said he accepted that Greenhorn was now “remorseful” but added he had a bad record of offending as a result of a drug habit.

The judge told him he would have sentenced him to five and a half years imprisonment but for his early guilty plea.

Greenhorn earlier admitted assaulting employees Natasha Hoehle (40) and Jade Nixon (19) at a branch of Coral Racing, in Main Street, Bainsford, on December 22 last year by brandishing a knife, demanding money and robbing them with his face partially masked.


Advocate depute David Taylor told the High Court in Edinburgh that Greenhorn had initially arrived at the premises by bike and put his head in the door and told staff: “I’ve forgot my wallet.”

The prosecutor said both the robbery victims recognised him as “a regular customer” but did not know his name.

A short time later another customer who had been in the betting shop left and Greenhorn returned with his hood pulled up and a scarf over the lower part of his face.

“Both victims were able to recognise him as the same person who had popped his head in a short time earlier,” said Mr Taylor.


He threw a bag at the staff demanding money and was armed with a knife with a blade of 20 to 25 cms.

“The accused was screaming at them to put money in the bag and shouting ‘Don’t dare call the police’,” said the advocate depute.

He grabbed the bag containing £140 and warned staff to wait five minutes before contacting the police. He made off on his bike and an alarm was activated.

CCTV footage from the premises was checked. “It was noted that as the accused left the shop, his scarf which had been covering his face had dropped, exposing his face and a clear image of him was seen,” said Mr Taylor.

Greenhorn was detained the following day and charged with assault and robbery and £55 in cash was taken from him.


Mr Taylor said the victims were traumatised at the time of the incident and were seen on CCTV “hugging each other in relief after the accused has left the premises and they had contacted the police”.

The court heard that Greenhorn has 16 previous convictions, including three for assault and was previously jailed for 16 months following a conviction for serious assault.

Defence counsel Derick Nelson said Greenhorn had targeted a local shop where he was well-known and the offence was “doomed to failure”.

Mr Nelson said: “The first thing he said to me when I consulted with him was ‘I deserve what is coming to me’.”

“He does feel terrible for what he has done. He reached a new low when he carried out this offence.”



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