CCTV footage released of robber

POLICE have stepped up efforts to trace a man wearing dark sunglasses and carrying a white stick who robbed a betting shop in Suffolk.A CCTV image of the man has been released by police to try and trace him following the armed robbery at Ladbrokes in Jubilee Walk, Haverhill on New Year's Day.

POLICE have stepped up efforts to trace a man wearing dark sunglasses and carrying a white stick who robbed a betting shop in Suffolk.

A CCTV image of the man has been released by police to try and trace him following the armed robbery at Ladbrokes in Jubilee Walk, Haverhill on New Year's Day.

The man, believed to be in his 50s, was wearing the glasses and carrying the white stick as he entered the bookmakers at about 4.25pm.

He approached the counter, produced a handgun and demanded money from the female assistant.

He then jumped over the counter and forced another female member of staff to empty the tills before pushing the two women and another female assistant into the toilets, where they locked themselves in.

The man is described as being of medium build and was wearing a large black coat, black trousers, black shoes, a black scarf, sunglasses, dark coloured gloves, a dark floppy brimmed style hat, and carrying a white walking stick.

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It is believed he left through the main entrance of the shop, running at first before turning left into the High Street and adopting a normal walking pace.

At this time he was still carrying the white walking stick and he was seen getting into a dark coloured vehicle in the Town Hall car park.

A spokesman for Suffolk police said there was no evidence to say the man was pretending to be blind before, during or after the robbery.

Anyone who witnessed the incident should call Det-con Rolfe at Haverhill CID on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.