'Armed' robber threatens to set fire to bookies in cash-grab raid

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: The CCTV image of the raider at the bookies on Manchester Road The CCTV image of the raider at the bookies on Manchester Road

Detectives last night released this CCTV image of a hooded robber, who claimed to have a gun, threatening to set light to petrol during a terrifying raid on a Bradford bookmaker’s shop.

The female cashier was left shocked and frightened after the intruder poured a liquid on the counter and waved a lighter over it.

She was forced to bundle hundreds of pounds of bank notes into a bag and hand it over to the robber, who then fled on foot.

The disturbing raid took place at the William Hill betting shop in Manchester Road, Bradford.

The woman employee was alone behind the counter, while a male member of staff worked in a back room, when the robber burst in.

He walked up to the counter and handed the cashier a note, which made demands for money and claimed that he had a gun.

The man then poured liquid, which he claimed to be petrol, from a bottle on to the counter, took out a lighter and waved it over the liquid in a threatening manner.

The frightened employee put about £320 into a bag and handed the cash over.

The man then fled on foot and headed into Manchester Road in the direction of the city centre.

Detective Inspector Ryan Bragg, of Bradford CID, said it was a shocking experience for the cashier.

“Fortunately nobody was injured in this incident, but it was very frightening for the employee behind the counter.

“We urge anyone who has any information about this robbery, or can help to identify the suspect, to contact us.”

The robbery happened at about 9.40pm on Thursday. Although the man claimed to have a gun, no weapon was seen.

Police have released a CCTV image of the suspect, who is described as white, about 5ft 8ins tall and of medium build. He was wearing a black coat which was torn on the right bicep and had his hood up. He was also wearing a grey scarf, which he covered his face with, light blue jeans and thick-rimmed glasses.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Bradford CID on 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Nobody at William Hill was available for comment.

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