Robbers armed with a gun and a hammer held up staff in a terrifying raid on a Sheffield betting shop – the third in just a week.
Three robbers threatened staff at Coral bookmakers, Bradway Road, Bradway, before escaping with ‘a substantial amount of cash’.
A 19-year-old who started working at the shop only this week was among the staff threatened. A friend said he was ‘shaken up’ but planning to return to work.
The robbery came just five days after staff at Betfred on Hartley Brook Road, Shiregreen, were held up by a robber wearing a balaclava and gloves.
He ordered workers to open the safes - then grabbed cash from the tills when they refused.
Three days later, a betting shop was held up by a gunman on Midland Road, Royston, Barnsley.
But detectives investigating the three robberies do not believe they are linked.
An officer was carrying out door-to-door enquiries in Bradway yesterday, and detectives want witnesses to come forward.
A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “Three men entered the shop and threatened staff, before leaving with a substantial amount of cash. No serious injuries were sustained by any staff members.”
She added: “We are not treating the three robberies as linked.”
Bradway residents said the raid had left them terrified.
Young mum Becky Dawes, aged 22, who lives in a flat above the shops, said: “It does not make me feel very safe knowing somebody with a gun was so close to where I live.
“I saw the police cars and a van outside, and then I saw police pulling over cars further up the road as though they were looking in them.
“I heard later that whoever did it took off in a car which they dumped at Lowedges.”
She added: “A friend of mine used to work in the betting shop and was held up at gunpoint a while ago. He soon left.”
Jake Whistlecraft, 23, who works in the S17 Coffee Shop and Bistro on the same parade, said: “It’s scary to think what can happen – I had only been in there half an hour before, to pick up some change.
“I know one of the lads who was held up, he had only started working there this week, so he is shaken up by it.
“It’s worrying to think people are out there with guns.”
His colleague Olivia Higginbottom, 20, said: “I was driving past shortly after it happened and saw all the police and the helicopter hovering above.
“It’s horrible to think people I work with had just been in the betting shop beforehand – anything could have happened. It’s frightening.”
And Hazel Goodison, 72, who has lived in Bradway for 36 years, said: “It’s quite frightening to hear about this, it’s not at all what you would expect. To think this happened in the middle of the day is worrying. I walk along here regularly, as do lots of people.”
The Bradway raid happened at 3.15pm on Thursday, April 10. The Royston raid was on Tuesday, April 8, and the robbery in Shiregreen was a week ago, last Saturday, April 5.
n Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.