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Thursday, 17 April 2014

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Police release CCTV of man after attempted robbery in Carlisle

Police have released a photo of a man following an attempted robbery at a Carlisle betting shop.

Carlisle attempted robbery photo
Police want to speak to this man

They are keen to speak to the man in connection with the bid to rob Ladbrokes, in Rosemary Lane, off Scotch Street, Carlisle, on Wednesday afternoon.

Police say members of staff were threatened with a knife. The would-be robber demanded cash from workers but fled empty-handed.

A manhunt to find him is continuing.

Police urged anyone who suspects they know his identity to come forward and warned the public not to approach him.

Detective Inspector Craig Smith said: “He was armed with a knife. A member of staff was approached by the offender and he was asked for money.”

He targeted the bookmakers at about 3.30pm on Wednesday before fleeing towards Fisher Street.

DI Smith added: “Obviously it is upsetting for anyone in relation to anything like this.

“He has threatened somebody with a knife so I wouldn’t approach him.

“Contact the nearest police officer as he might threaten somebody else.

“We are running a number of inquiries which will hopefully identify who the offender is. There are a number of inquiries in and around the scene."

The man was described as white, bald, aged between 35 and 45, and between 5ft 8in and 5ft 10in tall.

At the time he was wearing a black jacket, white polo-type shirt with horizontal stripes, dark trousers and white trainers.

Officers cordoned off the Rosemary Lane alleyway as they launched a probe in the immediate aftermath of what happened.

Anyone with information about the incident - or who can identify the would-be robber - should call Cumbria police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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