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New appeal over armed robbery at bookies
7:00am Thursday 17th October 2013 in News
DETECTIVES probing a gunpoint raid on a betting shop are appealing for a car driver seen in the area at the time to come forward.
The raider burst into Ladbrokes, in Hullbridge Road, South Woodham Ferrers, armed with a handgun.
He then forced terrified staff to hand over thousands of pounds.
Police arrested and charged Jake Baker, 20, of Treebeard Copse, South Woodham Ferrers, with robbery after the raid, on Sunday September 22.
He has appeared in court to face the charge and has been remanded in custody ahead of his appearance at Chelmsford Crown Court in December.
Detectives say in the moments before the raid, Baker was seen talking to the driver of a blue or silver Citroen C3 outside the betting shop.
Investigating officer Det Con Sharon Persad said: “Having looked through CCTV and spoken with several witnesses, Baker is seen talking to the driver of this Citroen C3 just before he entered Ladbrokes.
“We’re keen to identify this person or the whereabouts of the car in order to eliminate them from our inquiries and obtain information.”
The driver or anyone who knows the Citroen driver can contact police at Basildon on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.
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