Staff threatened with sword during terrifying bookies raid

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Staff at a Burnley bookmakers were threatened by a man wielding a sword during a terrifying robbery yesterday.

Around 8-45pm a man wearing a balaclava entered Coral Betting Shop in Harry Potts Way armed with the 2ft. long weapon.

He approached the counter and demanded money from staff. He is then believed to have struck the computer screen which operates the till with the sword and knocked over displays in the shop. It is believed that the man then jumped over the counter, continuing to make demands for money and brandishing the weapon towards staff before taking approximately £150 to £200 from the till.

He left the shop and is believed to have run off in the direction of Holcombe Drive.

The man is white, approximately 5ft. 10in. tall with a slim build and spoke with a local accent. At the time he was wearing a grey tracksuit top with a logo on the top of the hood and dark tracksuit bottoms.

Det. Insp. Nicola Bithell from East CID said: “This was a violent and aggressive attack which left the two members of staff terrified and fearful for their own safety. I would appeal to anyone who has any information that may assist us in identifying this dangerous individual to come forward.”

Anybody with any information can contact police on 101 quoting reference LC-20140721-1516 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555.