Police issue fresh appeal for “bookies” robber

ROBBERY: CCTV image of the robbery (S)
ROBBERY: CCTV image of the robbery (S)

POLICE are re-appealing for information and have issued CCTV images following an armed robbery at a Burnley bookmakers earlier this month.

The robbery took place at William Hill in Padiham Road around 7-55pm on Thursday, December 6th, when a man entered the premises, approached the counter and threatened two staff members with a weapon concealed up his sleeve.

The man demanded money and was handed an undisclosed amount of cash before fleeing from the scene.

The offender is described as white, 6ft. tall, heavy build with blue eyes, blotchy skin and spoke with a local accent.

He was wearing a black hooded jacket with the hood worn up, a black scarf around his face and black tracksuit bottoms.

Det. Sgt Belinda Cooper from Pennine CID said: “An investigation is underway but we are keen to speak to two customers who were in the shop last night. One man was playing the bandit and left just prior to the incident the other entered the premises just after the incident.

“Fortunately nobody was injured but the staff members were left very shaken by the incident. Anyone with information should contact myself, DC John Dodrill or DC Jane Gregson at Burnley CID on 472124 or on 101.”

People with information can also contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or on-line at Crimestoppers-uk.org.