Betting shop held up with baseball bat

Staff at a Bolton betting shop were threatened by robbers wielding a baseball bat.

At 6.40pm on Saturday 4 January 2014, two men, one armed with a baseball bat, entered Bet Fred on Market Street, Westhoughton and threatened staff.

A small amount of cash was handed over, which the offenders placed in a bag before running off.

One of the offenders – who was armed with the bat – was about 6ft tall and wearing a grey hooded jumper and balaclava.

Detective Constable Stuart Round, said: “Threats of violence were made by the robbers, who used a baseball to intimidate and frighten staff.

“It was in no way proportionate given the small amount of cash that was stolen and I am appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

“Did you see the robbery or offenders fleeing the area or do you have information about who these two are? If so, please call us in confidence.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.