AN armed robber made off empty handed after attempting to hold-up a Mansfield bookmakers last Wednesday night.
Police say a man walked into the William Hill branch in Ladybrook Precinct, on Ladybrook Lane, at around 9.20pm and threatened a cashier and demanded she handed over cash.
A second cashier raised the alarm and the man left empty-handed.
There were no customers in the betting shop at the time and neither cashier was injured.
But news of the attempted hold-up has shocked nearby traders and householders.
Roy Wilson (77), of Ladybrook Lane, said: “My wife woke up last night about 2-3am and saw someone with a torch. Seeing the shops cordoned off is very shocking.
“There are a lot of elderly ladies who use those shops - some of them are in their 90s.”
Terry Cook (61) runs the general store opposite the bookmakers.
He said: “Because it is an urban precinct it would have been the only place open at night and the lights are appalling - it would have been easy.
“There is a whole estate for you to get away in.”
On Thursday morning, a cordon was in place around the bookmakers while forensic examinations were carried out.
The cashiers described the suspect as of medium height and build.
He was wearing dark grey or blue jeans, a dark jacket with the hood up and dark gloves. It is not known what kind of weapon the man had.
Witnesses or anyone with information should contact Nottinghamshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.