Lone gunman strikes at suburban Sheffield bookmakers

Break in- Coral
Break in- Coral

An armed raider escaped with cash after holding up a bookmakers in a quiet Sheffield suburb – the second robbery at the premises this year.

The man entered the Coral shop on Bradway Road, Bradway, shortly before 5pm on Saturday with what appeared to be a handgun.

He demanded money from staff and left with a quantity of cash.

Nobody was injured during the robbery and police are appealing for witnesses.

The same bookmakers – which is opposite the Dore and Totley Golf Club – was held up in April.

Robbers armed with a gun and a hammer threatened staff before escaping with a substantial amount of cash.

Residents in the area said they had been left terrified by the incident.

n Staff were threatened by a robber wielding a small axe during a raid at a South Yorkshire supermarket.

Police are appealing for witnesses following the robbery last Wednesday evening.

Officers were called at around 8.20pm to a supermarket in Thorogate, Rawmarsh, Rotherham, after a man entered the store.

The raider threatened staff before making off with money.

n Two teenagers have been released on police bail pending further enquiries following a spate of serious arson incidents in a Rotherham township.

The boys aged 15 and 16 were questioned after three fires were started in the early hours of Friday morning in Maltby. The first incident occurred at 2.19am at a garage on Blyth Road when a number of vehicles were set alight.

Then half an hour later at 2.49am on Millicent Gardens a camper van and a Vauxhall Astra van were destroyed by a fire which also spread to nearby properties.

The occupants of three properties were evacuated with significant damage caused to their frontages.

The third incident was reported at 4.32am when a caravan parked on a driveway in Mortimer Road was damaged. The fire service attended and put out the fire.

No one was injured during the incidents.

Detective Sergeant Iain Martin said: “We’re keen to hear from anyone with information. I am aware of the concern locally about this matter but urge people to support the police in our investigations rather than taking matters into their own hands.”