Witness appeal after £900 stolen from betting shop

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AROUND £900 has been taken from a betting shop after a worker was threatened at knife point.

A man entered Corals, in Elm Grove, Southsea, and threatened a 60-year-old male member of staff with what appeared to be a knife.

The man demanded he empty the contents of the till in his bag, which he did.

The staff member was also forced to open the safe and money was removed from inside.

Approximately £900 was stolen in total. The contents of the till included till receipts and betting slips.

The member of staff was uninjured.

The incident happened yesterday (Saturday) at around 5.40pm.

Detective Constable Mark Brockman said: ‘During the incident there were several members of public in the bookmakers. We would appeal for these people to come forward.

‘We would also appeal to anyone who saw a man acting suspiciously in the area of Elm Grove and The Thicket around the time of the incident.

‘Residents of The Thicket, Stafford Road, Hereford Road, Cavendish Road and Albany Road, are asked to please check their bins, out sheds and gardens for a weapon which may have been used in the offence, a rucksack, items of clothing which don’t belong to you and coral betting slips/receipts. These items may have been discarded by the offender.’

Anyone with information should contact CID at Fratton police station on 101.

Alternatively call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.