Second bookies robbery in a week

Betfred Bookmakers Fitzwilliam Street, Kinsley which was the scene of a robbery on Wednesday
Betfred Bookmakers Fitzwilliam Street, Kinsley which was the scene of a robbery on Wednesday
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A SECOND bookmakers in The Express area has been robbed at knife point in less than a week.

Betfred, on Wakefield Road, Kinsley, was robbed last Wednesday, October 3 at around 8.30pm.

The incident happened just six days after Ladbrokes, on Market Street, Hemsworth, was also robbed at knife point.

Last week a man, wearing an off-road motorcycle helmet entered the Ladbrokes store in Hemsworth at around 9.20pm last Thursday.

He jumped over the counter and took cash from the till, terrifying members of staff.

He then threatened two members of staff with a knife before fleeing the scene on foot.

A 31-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of robbery by detectives.

The suspect was released on bail pending further enquiries.

Detectives want to speak to anyone who was around Market Street, Hemsworth, on September 27 at around 9.20pm.

They would also like to hear from anyone who saw a man wearing a motorcycle helmet running from the shop shortly afterwards.

Anyone with any information should contact DC Tom Peniston at Wakefield CID on 101.

Alternatively witnesses should contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

A 25-year-old man has appeared in court charged with robbery in connection with the incident at Betfred, on the corner of Fitzwilliam Street and Wakefield Road in Kinsley.

He was remanded in custody and is expected to appear before Leeds Crown Court on Monday.