Attempted Armed Robbery At Betting Shop

Police in Southampton are investigating an attempted armed robbery at a betting shop in Woolston.

At around 6.35pm on Saturday April 14, a man went into Ladbrokes in Victoria Road and demanded money from staff there. 

He showed what may have been a handgun to the staff. 

The staff members refused to hand over any money and the man left on a black moutain bike- along Portswood Road towards the Itchen Bridge roundabout. 

Police want to speak to this man

The man is descibed as: 


-25-mid 30s 

-5ft 7-5ft 10 tall 

-Medium build 

-Wearing a light grey hooded top with the hood up and pulled tightly around his face; blue jeans and dark green trench coat 

-He had a strong accent-possibly Irish. 


DC Danielle Daltrey who is investigating said:

“This was a busy day for the shop as it was Grand National Day. Although the man left empty handed, this is a serious incident which resulted in staff being left scared and shaken. 

“We’d like to hear from anyone who was in Ladbrokes around this time, or who saw a man cycling away from the shop.” 

She added: “If you do recognise the man in the CCTV images please contact us.” 

Anyone with any information is asked to contact DC Daltrey on 101 or via the website 

You can also call the charity Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously. 

Minicom users should call 01962 875000.