Knife robbery terror at town bookmakers

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Staff and customers at a town centre bookmakers were left traumatised after masked robbers burst in and threatened them with a knife in a terrifying raid.

William Hill, on St Annes Road West in the town centre, was targeted by two men at around 8.45pm on Sunday. They made threats before stealing hundreds of pounds from the till.

The pair, both wearing dark clothing and with their faces covered by balaclavas, burst into the premises and demanded cash from the till while one brandished a knife.

A male customer was knocked to the floor in the incident while the male staff member was also shoved and threatened with the knife.

The masked pair made off with around £200 in cash from the till, escaping through the back of the premises.

Police have said the “traumatic ordeal” has left the staff member and customer “shaken”

Det Sgt Mark Dickinson, from Blackpool CID, said: “Two men wearing dark clothing and balaclavas entered the bookies through the front door.

“One was brandishing a knife and demanded that the till be opened.

“He pushed and shoved the member of staff around and threatened him with the knife, while the customer was pushed to the floor.

“Both of them have been left shaken and shocked by the incident.

“It would be quite an ordeal for someone to see two masked men with a knife.

“They then left through the door at the back of the bookies, into the alleyway, and we think they have gone off towards Garden Street.

“Thankfully no-one was injured but it was no doubt a traumatic experience.”

Both men are described as of average height and are thought to have had Liverpudlian accents.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Lancashire Police, quoting log reference LC20141228-1088.