Two armed robberies at Bournemouth bookmakers linked

CCTV images of robber who carried out Ladbrokes raid (left) and Coral raid (right) Image copyright Dorset Police
Image caption Police have analysed the images and believe it it the same man who carried out the raids

An armed robber who threatened a Bournemouth betting shop employee with a hammer on Wednesday is thought to have carried out a second raid.

At about midday a man armed with a large knife forced an employee at Coral bookmakers on Castle Lane West to hand over "a quantity of cash".

Dorset Police think it is the same man who robbed Ladbrokes in Christchurch Road in Boscombe on Wednesday evening.

They released CCTV images from both raids and appealed for information.

Image copyright Dorset Police
Image caption The raid at Ladbrokes took place at about 18:25 BST

The amount of cash taken in the raids has not been disclosed.

The suspect is a white man in his 20s or 30s, about 5ft 10in tall, of medium build with short black hair.

He was wearing a white shirt with a black pinstriped suit jacket and jeans in the first robbery and a grey hooded top in the second one.

No-one was injured during either robbery.

Det Insp Mark Samuel said: "We are aware that there have been a number of robberies in the Bournemouth area recently.

"I would like to assure the public that robberies are a priority for Dorset Police and the Criminal Investigation Department thoroughly investigates this type of crime using specially trained detective officers and analysts."

No arrests have been made.

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