Worcester city centre branch of Ladbrokes bookmakers robbed by two men

Malvern Gazette: City centre betting shop robbed by two men City centre betting shop robbed by two men

TWO men burst into a betting shop and stole cash from the till yesterday.

The incident happened at Ladbrokes in St Martin's Quarter, Worcester, after the men entered the city centre branch at about 7.15pm.

The first man approached the counter with his hands in his pockets and told the cashier to hand over the cash while the other man stood in the doorway to prevent it from being locked.

Worried he was concealing a weapon, the cashier handed over the cash she had in her till.

One of the customers in the store attempted to leave and was told by the first man to sit down and he was threatened with violence.

Once the cash had been handed over, both men made off on foot in the direction of St Paul’s Street.

Both men are described as being Asian or possibly white, in their late teens or early 20s, between 5ft 8ins and 6ft tall, of slim to medium build and both had their faces covered.

The offence is being investigated by Detective Constable Wayne Cashion at Worcester CID, who said: “Robberies of this nature are rare in Worcester and as such we are treating it very seriously.

“While no one was hurt, the cashier and the customers present were shaken up by the offence and it is unacceptable that people have been targeted by criminals in their workplace.

“We would like to hear from anyone who recognises the description of the two men or who were in the St Martin’s Quarter or St Paul’s Street areas and saw something suspicious.”

The first man was wearing a black hooded puffer jacket, blue tracksuit bottoms with white stripes down the side and trainers.

He was also wearing a mask that covered the lower half of his face, possibly a cyclist's pollution mask.

The second man was wearing a black hooded top and a scarf over his face, possibly with a Burberry pattern.

Anyone with information should call the police, quoting incident number 552s 14/01/14, on the non-emergency number 101.

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9:59pm Wed 15 Jan 14

rod123 says...

Not the place to have a betting office open at that time of the evening. Very shady, would not walk round there after dusk.
Not the place to have a betting office open at that time of the evening. Very shady, would not walk round there after dusk. rod123

10:40pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Andy-Apache says...

What are the chances of that happening eh? I'll give you 9 - 2...
What are the chances of that happening eh? I'll give you 9 - 2... Andy-Apache

8:40am Thu 16 Jan 14

High Time says...

The description helps Asian or possibly white. That really narrows it down.
The description helps Asian or possibly white. That really narrows it down. High Time

4:18pm Thu 16 Jan 14

ideas4all says...

I'm afraid to say but robberies like this will become more and more common because of the sheer no of them and meaning more ppl losing their money and feeling hard done by and desperate to recover the losses .I'm not condoning it but stating the obvious and please how stupid can you be to say Asian or maybe white he should have have said maybe black as well then anyone can b a suspect
I'm afraid to say but robberies like this will become more and more common because of the sheer no of them and meaning more ppl losing their money and feeling hard done by and desperate to recover the losses .I'm not condoning it but stating the obvious and please how stupid can you be to say Asian or maybe white he should have have said maybe black as well then anyone can b a suspect ideas4all

6:37pm Thu 16 Jan 14

rod123 says...

ideas4all wrote:
I'm afraid to say but robberies like this will become more and more common because of the sheer no of them and meaning more ppl losing their money and feeling hard done by and desperate to recover the losses .I'm not condoning it but stating the obvious and please how stupid can you be to say Asian or maybe white he should have have said maybe black as well then anyone can b a suspect
At least we know they're not Japanese, Chinese or Innuit.
[quote][p][bold]ideas4all[/bold] wrote: I'm afraid to say but robberies like this will become more and more common because of the sheer no of them and meaning more ppl losing their money and feeling hard done by and desperate to recover the losses .I'm not condoning it but stating the obvious and please how stupid can you be to say Asian or maybe white he should have have said maybe black as well then anyone can b a suspect[/p][/quote]At least we know they're not Japanese, Chinese or Innuit. rod123

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