Gosport shop staff threatened by robber armed with a crowbar

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POLICE are hunting a robber who raided a betting shop using a claw hammer and crowbar last night.

The attack took place at Coral Racing, in Privett Road, Gosport, at about 8.25pm.

Shop staff were threatened with a crowbar and hammer by armed robber

Shop staff were threatened with a crowbar and hammer by armed robber

The man – whose face was covered – burst into the bookies and threatened staff using his hammer and crow bar, demanding they hand over cash.

He filled an Asda carrier bag with £4,640 before fleeing the premises, heading in the direction of Gosport town centre.

The attack comes after a similar incident in North End on Saturday evening in which a man used a pickaxe to rob the Co-op store, in London Road, North End. Officers are treating both incidents as separate.

Police are now hunting the suspect of last night’s attack.

He is described as white, about 6ft tall and aged between 30 and 40. He was wearing a black hoody, black hat, black scarf, light grey groves and tracksuit bottoms with distinctive white markings.

A spokesman for Hampshire Constabulary said: ‘We’d like to hear from anyone who recognises the man from the description and the CCTV image or anyone who was in the area at the time of the incident and witnessed anything suspicious.

‘Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting 44170076972. Alternatively call the anonymous Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.’