CCTV released of attempted armed robbery at Mansfield betting shop
Police are hoping Mansfield residents will recognise the man caught by CCTV cameras trying to rob a local betting shop.
The 50-second film was recorded at around 9.20pm on 9 November 2011, when a masked 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.
There were no customers in the shop at the time of the attack and although neither Carol nor Sharon was injured, they continue to suffer from the effects of that night's ordeal.
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Detective Sergeant Stuart Temple, who is leading the investigation, said: "It is clear from the footage that this man was intent on terrifying these defenseless women, without care or concern for their welfare.
"The bravery they both showed, despite the immense threat from an armed man, is a testament to their inner strength. Sharon's phone call to the police while the man was still in the shop and Carol's quick thinking to remove herself from the potential line of fire meant no one was injured that night and the offender 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/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.
Two men and a woman were arrested and questioned but were subsequently released without charge.
DS Temple 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?
"All calls will be treated with the utmost confidence, and if the information you provide leads to prosecution of the offender you may be entitled to a reward of up to £10,000 from The Association of British Bookmakers."
Witnesses or anyone with any information about the perpetrator of this crime should contact DS Stuart Temple on 101, extension 805 3463, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting incident 863 of 9 November 2011.