Man jailed for holding up three betting shops

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A MAN who targeted a betting shop in Portsmouth as part of a series of robberies has been jailed.

David Hinde, 34, took cash from Ladbrokes in Leith Avenue, Paulsgrove, after holding up other two bookies in Bournemouth with a hammer and a knife.

Hinde, who was arrested on May 9 this year, went on to plead guilty to three counts of robbery at Bournemouth Crown court.

He was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Detective Sergeant Garry Knight, of Bournemouth CID, said: ‘I am pleased with this sentence and hope it shows the serious way in which such offences are viewed by the courts.

‘It was fortunate that there were no injuries as a result of these robberies.

‘I praise the good work of all involved in bringing David Hinde to justice.’