POLICE are appealing for witnesses following an armed robbery at a bookmakers in Tilbury.
Two men entered Corals, in the Broadway, at about 8.30pm on Monday, October 7 armed with a hammer and a kitchen knife.
One of the men started striking the security glass panels at the serving counter with the hammer until one of them smashed. He handed a bag to the cashier and demanded cash. A three figure sum was handed over.
The first suspect who had the hammer is described as white, about 6ft tall, 30 to 35 years old, and of medium build. He had a local accent, was wearing a hood or hat, and a red face mask with two eye holes.
The suspect with the knife was also white, about 6ft tall, 30 to 35 years old, and of medium build. He had a local accent, and was wearing a face covering.
Both suspects then made off along the alleyway between the rear of the old post office and Scrutton Maltby Sports & Social Club. This enters out into a car park surrounded by housing and the rear of the shops in Dock Road, Tilbury, where people may have witnessed their escape.
Investigating officer, Det Sgt Natalia Ross, said: “This was a nasty and frightening attack on the book makers which traumatised staff and customers. I would urge anyone with the slightest shred of information as to who committed this robbery, or who saw what happened, to get in touch.”
Anyone with information should contact Ds Ross, or her colleagues at Grays CID, on 101. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.