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WALES: Police hunt gunman after raid on bookies; Armed robber escapes with cash BETTING SHOP HOLD-UP.

Byline: By ERYL CRUMP

DETECTIVES were last night hunting a gunman who robbed a North Wales betting shop at the weekend.

Police officers were alerted to the incident at William Hill bookmakers, Ffordd Gloddaeth, Llandudno at 9.10am on Saturday, February 7.

A North Wales Police spokesman said a man was spotted with what appeared to be a gun who made off with a quantity of money.

He said: "Witnesses reported one male dressed in a balaclava walking into the property with what appeared to be a handgun in a black plastic bag with gold writing.

"He escaped on foot towards Arfon Avenue with around pounds 300 in cash."

None of the staff in the betting shop were injured.

A regular punter at the shop told the Daily Post: "Staff had just opened the shop for the day when the incident happened.

"The shop was closed for much of the morning and I couldn't place my normal bets on the football until just before kick-off."

No one from the shop or William Hill Ltd was available for comment last night.

Police officers cordoned off the area while forensic experts examined the premises for clues.

A search of the area was also carried out by officers, some of them armed.

The North Wales Police helicopter was also scrambled and spent some time searching the area around Gloddaeth Avenue.

Yesterday police issued a description of the man. He was described as being 5ft 2 ins tall.

The man was also wearing a balaclava and a black jacket and carrying a grey over the shoulder bag. He is thought to be around 30-40 years old.

North Wales Police are appealing for anyone who saw the incident or who may have any information to contact them.

erylcrump@dailypost.co.uk

CAN YOU HELP?

Anyone with information can contact police on 0845 6071001 (Welsh language) 0845 6071002 (English) or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

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The William Hill betting shop in which was hit by an armed robbery at 9am on Saturday morning Picture: ROBIN FORMSTONE
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Date:Feb 9, 2009
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