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Pair admit masked raids on bookies' shops in city; Court: Robbers were thwarted due to time delays on safes at both premises.

Byline: KIERAN BEATTIE

Two men have admitted threatening staff as they staged masked raids on Aberdeen bookies last year.

Kevin Bruce and Anthony Jackson appeared in the High Court in Aberdeen yesterday and admitted their involvement in the robberies last October.

The court heard Bruce, 37, was wearing a "mask or something similar" as he "slammed open" the doors of the Coral Eurobet at the Cornhill Shopping Arcade on October 15.

He entered with another unidentified robber who was also covering his face.

Fiscal depute Derick Nelson said the pair held up carrier bags and demanded that the two staff on duty filled them with cash.

Threats were repeatedly shouted at the employees and Bruce threatened to shoot someone if they did not comply - though staff later said they saw no firearm.

Bruce then stepped behind the counter, Lord Armstrong heard, and he repeatedly demanded access to the safe.

But Mr Nelson said the safe was on a time delay, preventing Bruce and his accomplice gaining access and they fled with just PS140.

The raid was recorded on CCTV and police arrested Bruce on October 19.

Officers had also discovered a message he sent via social media saying "I've done something stupid and you will probably see it on the news".

Two days later on October 17, Jackson, 39, donned what was thought to be a ski mask before storming into the William Hill bookies at Summerhill Court, with another raider.

He pushed and threatened an employee as he demanded access to the cash register.

Jackson shouted at the staff member, who gave him as much cash as she could.

Once again, the robbers were thwarted by time delay security on the safe.

The High Court heard Jackson and the other person ran out, but not before taking a small sum of money from the employee's purse.

In total, the pair made off with about PS200.

Jackson was arrested on October 27, and officers matched his footwear with shoe prints at the scene.

Bruce was said to have "long-standing difficulties with drugs".

Lord Armstrong deferred sentence on Bruce and Jackson until next month in order to obtain criminal justice social work reports.

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TARGETED: Police at the William Hill bookmakers in Summerhill, the scene of the robbery carried out by Anthony Jackson and an accomplice

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Date:Jul 24, 2019
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