Robbers armed with knife and gun threaten staff at bookies

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Armed robbers threatened staff at a bookmakers in Kempston.

Police are looking for witnesses to an armed robbery at Coral’s bookmakers on Bedford Road, Kempston at 9pm on Tuesday, October 14. In the terrifying ordeal a staff member was threatened with a knife and a hand gun. One man has been arrested and Police are looking for witnesses to the incident.

Detective Constable Jason Wheeler, investigating, said: “At 9pm two men entered the Coral bookmakers at on the corner of Bedford Road and Foster Road, Kempston. They were both carrying weapons, one man was carrying a hand gun and the other was armed with what appears to be an eight inch kitchen knife. The two staff in the bookmakers at the time saw the offenders enter and one left through the back of the shop. The offenders then threatened the remaining member of staff before leaving the shop with cash in the general direction of Sainburys.”

The member of staff who escaped through a fire exit, ran down Foster Road where he flagged down a car and told the occupants what had happened. He then called the Police on his mobile phone.

The man with the gun is described as black with a young complexion, six foot four inches tall, of slim build, in his mid-twenties wearing a grey or black hood, a black scarf covering his face, black puffa jacket, navy blue bottoms with two or three white stripes down the sides, white running shoes and black gloves. He had a local accent.

The man with the knife is described as of mixed race, around twenty years old with a young complexion. He was five foot nine inches tall, wearing a black scarf to cover his face and a large brown trench coat with pockets, plain black bottoms, a hood pulled down to further cover his forehead which may have been part of the trench coat, black gloves. He also had a local accent.

DC Wheeler added: “We have arrested one man in connection with this robbery but would like to hear from anyone who saw these offenders before or after the robbery and the occupants of the vehicle that was flagged down by the staff member. We would like to hear from anybody who may have seen the offenders or knows who may be responsible for this crime.”

Anyone with information relating to this incident can contact DC Jason Wheeler, in confidence, at Bedfordshire Police on 101, or text information to 07786 200011.

Alternatively you can contact the independent crime fighting charity, Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.