A 43-year-old man in connection with an armed robbery at a bookies on St. Francis Terrace on December 16 has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.
The man was arrested yesterday afternoonas part of ongoing investigations into a spate of robberies at local bookmakers over the last fortnight. Five shops in total have been targetted - although police are not linking the robberies “at this stage”.
The latest robbery took place on Saturday evening at the Lecky Road branch of Ladbrokes.
Ladbrokes confirmed yesterday that it has put up a £10,000 reward for information leading to a conviction.
A spokesperson for Ladbrokes also confirmed that it is offering “all colleagues affected by this spate of robberies full counselling and support and is working closely with police on the investigation. We are taking additional security measures and reiterating our training to colleagues to ensure their personal safety remains the priority at all times.”
Expressing his concern at the robberies, SDLP MLA Mark H Durkan said: “I would appeal to those behind it to take a step back, realise the effect of what they’re doing on ordinary people and stop immediately.”
Sinn Fein MLA Maeve McLaughlin added: “There is also the concern that the news of these incidents is starting to lose its shock factor, they are happening that often.
“We cannot allow this to be become the norm in our city.”