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Witnesses plea after bookies thefts

PUBLISHED: 15:15 18 January 2008 | UPDATED: 19:27 05 July 2010

INVESTIGATIONS into an armed robbery and an attempted cash snatch at two separate Lowestoft betting shops were continuing yesterday.

Police want to hear from witnesses after a masked man brandished a handgun at Ladbrokes in Victoria Road on Saturday and fled with more than £1,000.

INVESTIGATIONS into an armed robbery and an attempted cash snatch at two separate Lowestoft betting shops were continuing yesterday.

Police want to hear from witnesses after a masked man brandished a handgun at Ladbrokes in Victoria Road on Saturday and fled with more than £1,000.

And on Tuesday morning a man tried to grab a cash tray from behind the counter at the William Hill branch in London Road North.

One man suffered a cut in the second crime.

The masked robber, who is believed to have been carrying a handgun, went into the Ladbrokes branch just before 6.50pm on Saturday.

The man whom police are trying to trace is white, about 5ft 10in to 6ft and stocky and was wearing a black mask with white detailing.

He was wearing a builder's-style jacket and black trousers.

The crime at William Hill's happened just after 10.10am on Tuesday.

A staff member took hold of the thief, causing him to drop the cash, but he broke free and ran off.

The 28-year-old worker suffered a cut to his arm.

The would-be thief is white, in his mid-20s to mid-30s, about 5ft 10in and was wearing a green jacket.

Call Lowestoft CID on 01986 835300 if you can help the investigations into either of the crimes.

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