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Lancashire: Appeal after robbery at Longridge bookmakers

September 25, 2012, 3:10 pm

Police are appealing for witness to come forward following a robbery at a Longridge bookmakers last night (Monday 24th September).

The robbery took place at around 8:30pm last night (24th September) when three men wearing balaclavas, one of whom was carrying what appeared to be a spanner, entered the Bet Fred bookmakers on Berry Lane.

They threatened the female member of staff who was alone in the shop at the time, jumped over the counter and took some money from the till, they also took the staff members purse and mobile phone then left the store through the front door.

It is believed the men left the scene in a black or dark blue Vauxhall Vectra and drove away in the direction of Preston.

“I would appeal to anybody that witnessed this robbery or thinks that they saw the car driving away from the scene to come forward and contact Lancashire Police on 101.” - Detective Inspector Jill Johnston

Detective Inspector Jill Johnston said, “Fortunately, the lady who was working at the time was not injured but she has understandably been left shaken by the ordeal and so I would appeal to anyone with any information to come forward and contact us.

“We are still at the early stages of the investigation but we are looking into the possibility that this may be linked to a similar incident at the Bet Fred store in Lostock Hall which happened on Friday night (21st Sept).

“I would appeal to anybody that witnessed this robbery or thinks that they saw the car driving away from the scene to come forward and contact Lancashire Police on 101.”

People with information can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at Crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

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