Punter robbed in bookies raid

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Punter robbed in bookies raid

23 July 2009

ARMED men burst into a bookmakers, threatened staff and robbed a customer of cash and mobile phones in an early-morning raid.The men hit the Coral bookies in Green Lanes, between Hewitt and Seymour Roads, Harringay, at 8.30am last Wednesday, police said.

The men, described as black and aged between 25 and 30, threatened staff to open a safe and searched the unlucky punter, a 33-year-old man.

They made off on foot, with cash from the customer and the safe, towards Colina Road.

Coral is one of eight gambling establishments in a short stretch of Green Lanes between St Ann’s Road and Harringay Green Lanes station – seven bookies and an adult gaming centre.

Ian Sygrave, chairman of the Harringay Ladder Community Safety Partnership, was part of a campaign against the last three opening up, all of them in the last 18 months.

He said: “Residents have always been concerned that the large number of betting shops in Green Lanes would attract more crime into the area. We can only hope that an incident like this will not be repeated.”

No-one was injured in the robbery, but an ambulance was sent as a precaution.

The Met’s Finchley Flying Squad is investigating.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Constable Pat Dunne, of Finchley Flying Squad, on 020 8358 1751, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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