Betting shop staff foil would-be robber armed with meat cleaver

The BetFred shop in Dronfield. Pic: Google Images
The BetFred shop in Dronfield. Pic: Google Images

Brave betting shop staff saw off a would-be armed robber carrying a meat cleaver.

The masked man threatened workers at the BetFred shop in the Dronfield Civic Centre shortly after 9.30pm on Sunday, October 9.

A spokesman for Derbyshire Police said despite his threats, the man was prevented from leaving with any money and fled the scene - leaving his weapon behind in the shop.

The spokesman said: “He demanded cash but staff at the shop refused and the man left empty-handed, leaving the cleaver behind.

“Two people in the shop at the time, a man and woman, were not injured.”

Police have made details of the incident public as they attempt to find the criminal involved in the incident.

The man is described as white and at the time of the incident was wearing black lycra jogging bottoms, a blue top with the hood up and he had his face covered by lycra type material, possibly a bandana.

Witnesses or anyone with information should call DC Simon Rogers of Derbyshire Police on 101, quoting reference 16000315364.

Alternatively, anyone with information can send DC Rogers a message online by visiting the Contact Us section of the Derbyshire Police website.

You can also call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

No one from BetFred was available to comment about the incident when contacted by The Star.

The firm is the fourth largest bookmaker in the UK, with over 1,300 betting shops across the country.