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Robbery took place at Coral bookmakers in Western Way, South Ham
TWO members of staff who were threatened by a hammer-wielding robber have spoken of their ordeal.
The two women were working at the Coral betting shop, by The Camrose football ground, in Western Way, South Ham, shortly before 9pm on Wednesday, July 31, when a man walked in with hammer and left with a bag of cash.
He made off towards Winchester Road and then Elizabeth Road, carrying a Morrison’s carrier bag.
A police helicopter was seen that night in the search for the man, who is described as 5ft 10ins to 6ft tall.
Both women, the deputy manager and customer service assistant, do not want to identified but have spoken out to encourage people to come forward with information about the robbery.
The deputy manager, who has worked at Coral for seven years, said: “I saw him come into the shop with a hood up and covering his face.
“He shouted to us to get down and we dropped to the ground and then he demanded we give him money.
“I was physically shaking and was very scared about what he might do if he didn’t get the money.”
The customer service assistant said she was scared for herself, her colleague, and the one customer in the shop as the robbery took place, and is “nervous and jumpy” now, especially in the evenings.
She added: “I did feel a bit sorry for him that he had to resort to that to get money, but you can’t get away with it.
“This has had a terrible effect on my life and he will have to live with that.”
Detectives have now issued a CCTV picture of the man in the shop.
Detective Constable Rod Kenny, of Basingstoke CID, said: “This incident has had a significant effect on both these women and I would urge anyone who knows anything about it to get in touch.”
Anyone with information can contact Det Con Kenny at Basingstoke CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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