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Robbery at Chorlton bookies

Published Saturday 5th April 2014

A man armed with a shotgun threatened staff during a robbery at a betting shop in Manchester.

At about 9pm on Friday 4 April 2014, the offender entered William Hill on Manchester Road, Chorlton, and pointed a sawn-off shotgun at staff and demanded cash.

Some cash from the till was handed over and the offender then tried to enter the back offices while making further demands for cash.

The staff managed to lock themselves in a back room and the offender left.

He is described as Asian, 6ft tall, of medium build and in his mid-20s. He wore black clothing and had a scarf covering his face.

Detective Constable Chris Clarke, said: “While no staff members were physically injured, having a sawn-off shotgun pointed at you in your place of work is a frightening ordeal and the emotional impact cannot be underestimated.

“Having demonstrated that he is at ease using a firearm to threaten and intimidate innocent workers, I believe the offender represents a threat to the public and I want the local community to help me identify him.

“If anyone has any information about the person responsible, saw someone leaving the area or has any other information that can help us identify this man, please contact us.

“Today will be a bumper day for bookies so we will be visiting stores close to where this happened to make them aware of this incident and to remind them to be vigilant and keep us much cash as possible out of the tills and therefore potentially out of the hands of dangerous and greedy thieves such as the one responsible for this robbery.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.