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Robbery at Thatcham betting shop

Man carried a replica SS blade

John Herring

John Herring

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Robbery at Thatcham betting shop

A dagger carrying robber was thwarted in his attempt to steal from a Thatcham betting shop. 

The man approached the counter of the Ladbrokes in Crown Mead and took cash our of one of the tills.

But he was tripped up by a member of the public as he left the shop; dropping the cash and dagger, which were later recovered by police.

The man ran away from the scene heading towards Green Lane and Lower Way.

He is described as around 5ft 10ins tall and of average build. He was wearing dark clothing and a dark face covering.

The robbery took place around 6pm on Wednesday, January 23. 

Officers have released images of the dagger, which resembles one carried by Nazi SS officers during the Second World War.

Members of staff locked themselves in a room during the incident and no one was injured. 

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Pam Finch from Force CID in Newbury, said: “I am appealing for anyone with information about this incident to come forward.

“The knife recovered at the scene is very distinctive. If you recognise it, or have information that could help us to identify the owner, please contact Thames Valley Police.”

Anyone who has information about this incident can report the details on the Thames Valley Police website quoting reference 43190024120. Alternatively, you can call the non-emergency telephone number, 101, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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