Armed Robbery At Rayleigh Betting Shop

25 January 2016, 10:10 | Updated: 25 January 2016, 10:12

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A man, armed with what is believed to be a firearm, has robbed a betting shop in Rayleigh.

He went into the Betfred on the High Street just before 8.45pm yesterday and used a nearby stool to jump onto the counter.

Essex Police said: "He demanded cash from the male member of staff who was forced to open the safe and till.

"He made off with a three figure sum of money. The staff member was uninjured but was left very shaken up by what had happened.

"The suspect was described as white, aged between 30 and 40, 5ft 7ins tall, of stocky build, and wore a blue hooded jumper and black scarf covering his face.

"He used a gold JD drawstring sportsbag to carry the cash. Police carried out an extensive search of the surrounding area and the helicopter was dispatched to assist. The man has yet to be located.

"Enquiries are ongoing and witnesses who have yet to speak to police or anyone with information are asked to call officers at Rayleigh CID on 101.

"Alternatively, they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or".