Staff threatened with bar in bookie raid

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A BOOKIE’S staff were threatened by a masked raider armed with an iron bar.

The man wielding the blunt instrument burst into the Ladbrokes outlet in Elliot Street, Tyldesley brushed aside two other customers and then smashed the metal pole against the counter, demanding cash.

Once money had been handed over the intruder, who had his face covered, he rushed out.

He is described as being white, of slim build, about 5ft 9ins or 5ft 10ins tall, and in his mid to late 20s.

And he was said by witnesses to be wearing a grey/blue hooded top.

He covered his face with a light-coloured scarf tied up to his eyes and he used a laced JD Sports bag to carry the money away from the bookmakers.

The man was also wearing white gloves, which may have been cycling or cricket gloves. Police have appealed for information about the raid which took place at about 7.25pm on Thursday.

There were two customers in the shop as well as staff at the time of the robbery.

DC Andrew Hill said that thankfully nobody was hurt, although those affected had been badly shaken up.

He added: “Clearly this man has no issues in intimidating members of the public and members of staff to get what he wants.

“The description we have issued, particularly in relation to the scarf and gloves, is quite distinctive and I would urge any witnesses who could help us to get in touch.”

Anyone with any information is asked to call police on 0161 856 5307 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.