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Police appeal for witnesses after Corals in Essex Street was robbed of cash by masked man with large knife on Tuesday (6)

A SPOKESWOMAN for betting chain Coral has insisted that the safety of its staff and customers is paramount after the Wash Common branch was robbed at knifepoint on Tuesday (6).

At about 9.15pm, a man entered the shop in Essex Street, threatened staff with a large knife and stole cash from the till.

Nobody was hurt during this incident.

The raider who had his face covered was wearing dark clothing.

Spokeswoman, Tracey England, said: “We will work hand-in-hand with the police to try and ensure we have a successful ending to such a traumatic experience.

“We are constantly reviewing and updating our security as the highest priority to us is the safety and security of our staff and shop customers – it's paramount.”

Dc John Yallop, from Newbury police station, said: “I would like to hear from anyone who noticed a suspicious man or vehicle in the area at the time of the incident as this information might be vital in our investigation.”

Anyone with information should the police on the non-emergency number 0845 8 505 505 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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