Armed robbery at bookmakers

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A member of staff at a bookmaker’s shop in Derry was threatened with a knife during an armed robbery yesterday.

Shortly after 5pm a masked man armed with a knife entered Ladbrokes at Elmwood Street, off the Lone Moor Road. He threatened a member of staff before making off with a sum of money. The staff member was not harmed.

The man is described as being around 5ft 3” and of slim build. He was wearing a dark green balaclava, dark coloured top and dark blue tracksuit bottoms which had three white stripes and were marked with drops of white paint.

This is the latest in a series of armed robberies at bookmakers in the city.

The incident has been condemned by local Sinn Féin councillor Patricia Logue, who described the number of similar incidents in the city in recent weeks as “alarming”.

“Once again we are greeted with the news that more small businesses have been subjected to frightening robberies. It’s very alarming the number of incidents that have happened in the city over the past few weeks. Many small businesses are struggling to keep their doors open and providing much- needed employment for local people.

“The staff are only doing a day’s work and should not be subject to this type of threat and intimidation.

“I would appeal to anyone with information on this recent spate of robberies to bring it forward so that those responsible can be held to account by the justice system,” she said.

Police have appealed for anyone with information on the robbery to contact them at Strand Road on 0845 600 8000 or alternatively via ‘Crimestoppers’ on 0800 555 111.