POLICE have released dramatic CCTV footage of a masked man trying to rob a Mansfield bookies with an imitation firearm.
The 50-second film was recorded at around 9.20pm on 9th November last year when the man walked into the William Hill betting shop in the Ladybrook Place shopping precinct, Ladybrook Lane.
The footage shows the man threatening 55-year-old manageress Carol with a gun, before throwing a bag on the counter and demanding she fill it with cash. Her colleague, Sharon, aged 54, raised the alarm and the man left empty-handed.
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-coloured, fitted trousers, possibly jeans. He wore dark-coloured gloves on his hands and a cream or yellow mask, which had a beak.
He spoke with a local accent and walked with a distinctive gait.
Police have recovered the firearm it is believed was used in the incident - an imitation pistol-grip, pump-action shotgun, which was discovered under a pile of tyres just a mile from the scene of the crime.
Detective Sergeant Stuart Temple, who is leading the investigation, said: “Do you recognise the man in the CCTV footage or the weapon used? Were you in the area on the night of the attack? If so, please call us.
“He was wearing a very distinctive mask featuring a beak at the front. Have you seen anyone with a mask like this?”
“Calls will be treated with confidence, and a reward of up to £10,000 from the Association of British Bookmakers is on offer for information leading to the offender’s prosecution.”
Anyone with information should phone 101, extension 805 3463, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.