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Armed robbers threaten betting shop worker with axe in ‘violent’ robbery

This is the moment armed robbers threatened a betting shop assistant with an axe before stealing cash from the till.

Police said the blurred image shows one of the three suspects with his right arm up in the air, wielding the axe above his head, and his left arm resting on the counter in front of him.

Detective Constable Darren Roberts said the “particularly violent” incident left the shop assistant “in a state of shock”.

It is the first time detectives have released an image from the robbery, which happened at Ladbrokes betting shop in Whitchurch Road, Cardiff, on Monday, June 24.

They also released a shot of the getaway car.

A police spokesman said two balaclava-clad men walked into the shop at 9.30pm that night.

As one stood guard in the doorway, another threatened the shop assistant with the small axe.

The shop assistant then handed over what police described as a “quantity of cash” and the men left in a waiting car driven by a third man.

The silver Vauxhall Astra that officers believe was used as a getaway car
The silver Vauxhall Astra that officers believe was used as a getaway car

The silver Vauxhall Astra – a 1998-2004 model – was seen in the area around 10 minutes before the robbery and afterwards was seen speeding along Whitchurch Road in the direction of the Gabalfa flyover.

It took the second exit off the Gabalfa roundabout and then the slip road, before driving over the Radyr Place bridge.

Officers are also now appealing to a taxi driver who may have witnessed the incident to come forward.

DC Roberts said: “This was a particularly violent crime which left the shop assistant in a state of shock.

“We are appealing to anyone who saw this vehicle before or after the incident or who recognises the individual pictured in the CCTV picture to come forward.”

Call DC Roberts on 07584 004130 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. The police crime reference number is 62130190344.

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