Masked gunmen raid Sheffield bookies

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Masked raiders believed to have been armed with a gun escaped with cash after a terrifying raid on a Sheffield bookmakers.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the robbery at the bookies on Netherthorpe Place at 8.45pm on Monday.

Two masked men went into the shop, threatened a cashier and ran off with cash.

The woman shop manager was left shaken by the ordeal but was not physically injured.

One of the men was between 5ft 5ins and 5ft 7ins tall, average build and had a local accent. He was wearing a navy hooded blue jacket.

The second was white and aged between 40 and 50.

Witnesses say they were carrying what is believed to be a handgun.

Forensic examinations are being carried out at the scene.

Detectives want to hear from anyone who saw two people acting suspiciously in the area before the robbery, or who saw the offenders as they fled.

Acting Detective Sergeant Richard Armstrong said: “This was a particularly nasty incident that has left the shop manager very scared and intimidated. I am appealing to anyone who may have been in the area at the time, or to anyone who has any information, to contact the police immediately.”

n Call South Yorkshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 1132 of 18 November, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.