Robbers jailed for raid on S Yorks bookmakers

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Two robbers who held up a South Yorkshire bookies at knifepoint – stealing just £135 – have been jailed .

Staff at Corals on Market Street, Barnsley, were ‘absolutely terrified’ when 32-year-old James Bradford and Paul Green, 24, targeted their shop.

Paul Green

Paul Green

Sheffield Crown Court Bradford produced a knife with a 10-inch blade while his accomplice Green kept watch by the door.

The raid happened just before closing time, when Bradford walked in wearing a hooded top and gloves.

He asked to place a bet then turned his back to the counter, bent down and produced a knife in front of the shocked two workers.

The court was told he shouted: “Give us the money. Fill it, fill the bag. If you don’t you will get it.”

Staff handed over £135 and were too frightened to raise the alarm.

Ian Goldsack, prosecuting, said they were caught when police released CCTV footage of the offenders, who were tracked down to a hostel they were living in on Race Street, Barnsley.

They had earlier tried to buy cigarettes from a shop on credit but returned later with the cash to buy them.

Bradford, who has served jail sentences, and Green, who has convictions for possessing a lock knife and supplying heroin, each admitted robbery on April 26 this year.

Robert Sandford, for Bradford, said he came to South Yorkshire after being released from jail in Scotland.

He wanted to escape his connections in Scotland and knew someone in Barnsley.

Iain Hillis, for Green, said he only acted as the look-out and held the door open. He had not known Bradford planned to produce a knife.

Judge Paul Watson said there was some pre-planning by Bradford and Green must have known some kind of force would be used.

“The staff were understandably absolutely terrified by what happened,” he said.

Bradford was jailed for three years and eight months and Green for three years.