A REWARD of up to £10,000 to is being offered by the Association of British Bookmakers to anyone who can provide information leading to the arrest and prosecution of a man who tried to rob a Mansfield bookmakers’.
The attempted robbery at William Hill bookmakers’, Ladybrook Place, Ladybrook Lane, took place at about 9.20pm on 9th November last year.
The suspect is described as being between 5ft 7ins and 5ft 9ins tall and of medium build. He is believed to have a fair skin tone and was dressed in a dark-coloured coat with a hooded top and dark, fitted trousers, possibly jeans.
Police say he wore dark-coloured gloves on his hands and a cream or yellow mask, which had a beak, and spoke with a local accent and walked with a distinctive gait.
Two men and a woman arrested and bailed in connection with the robbery were subsequently released with no further action.
Det Sgt Stuart Temple, of Nottinghamshire Police, is heading up the investigation.
He said: “We know the offender entered and left the scene via the front door. Were you in the vicinity around the time of the attack? Might you have seen something that would help with our enquiries?
“I urge people from the area to cast their minds back to 9th November last year.
“It was a dark, cold, dry winter evening on that particular Wednesday, a few days after Bonfire Night weekend.
“Frankie Cocozza had been on the front pages of the papers that day after being axed from X Factor. The front page of the Mansfield Chad told of a ‘Widow’s call for justice’ after her husband died when he was crushed by pipes in an accident at Thoresby Colliery in July 2009. Chesterfield football club beat Tranmere Rovers 4-3 in the northern Johnstone Paint Trophy that evening.
“Perhaps you had nipped into the neighbouring grocery shop for a pint of milk before it closed at 9pm or were leaving the Ladybrook Hotel pub. Did you see a man matching the description behaving suspiciously in the area? He may not have been wearing the mask or indeed carrying an obvious weapon. If you think you can help, please call us.”
lWitnesses or anyone with any information should phone Police on 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.