Seventy-year-old woman threatened with gun during robbery at bookmaker’s
A 70-year-old woman was threatened with handgun during an armed robbery.
The cashier was threatened and injured her hand in an armed robbery at Betfred in Stapleford at around 9.20pm yesterday (Sunday, January 23).
A youth, holding a handgun, demanded money in the incident at the Derby Road bookmakers.
Nottinghamshire Police say he fled on foot after taking cash from the till.
He is described as white, aged 16 to 17 years old, about 5ft tall, wearing a black bomber jacket, dark jogging bottoms, gloves and a black and white face covering.
The cashier was taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre with a hand injury after the incident.
A police spokesman said: “Enquiries are ongoing and anyone with information is urged to call Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 761 of 22 January 2017.
“Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
Workers in neighbouring businesses have reacted with shock at the incident.
Amanda Wheatley, of Balloon Explosion fancy dress store in Derby Road, said: “It’s not something that tends to happen in Stapleford thankfully, I’ve lived here a long time, since I was two, and I’m 50 now. It’s not normal.
“We’ve had the odd shoplifter in here but we don’t carry lots of cash and we’re not busy enough to be scared, but it’s not nice to hear about it.”
And Gloria Goulding, of the Lighthouse Charity Shop in Derby Road, said: “We knew something had gone on when a customer came in saying there was a police car outside the bookies.
“It’s quite shocking, it makes you think definitely.”
Broxtowe Borough Councillor Richard MacRae said: “It’s definitely out of character for Stapleford for an armed robbery using a handgun.
“If someone points a gun at you, real or replica, you don’t know. I can’t imagine how you begin to deal with with, having a gun pointed at you must be the scariest thing in the world.
“I hope the cashier’s okay. Money can be replaced but that poor lady’s got to deal with this.
“Hopefully as we’ve got a lot of CCTV in Stapleford, residents and businesses will check and report anything slightly suspicious to police.”
And Councilllor John McGrath said: “This is an opportunist crime, and it’s despicable.
“it’s not really something you expect here to be perfectly frank. You could say we need more police but who would have thought something like that would happen at 9 o’clock on a Sunday., you can’t predict anything like that.
“What we need is a deterrent, to catch him and make an example.”