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Last Updated: Friday, 17 March 2006, 10:26 GMT
Bookmaker robbed by masked gang
A leading bookmaker was robbed of tens of thousands of pounds by a masked gang as he left the Cheltenham Festival.

Freddie Williams' Jaguar car was halted by the robbers in a Vauxhall Cavalier and Land Rover just off the A429 at Fossebridge, Gloucs, on Thursday night.

The attackers leapt from their cars and smashed the windows of the Jaguar with a crowbar before fleeing with the cash.

Police are also investigating the theft of 32,000 from a bookie's bungalow in Westmancote, Worcs, on Thursday.

Mr Williams, from Cumnock in Ayrshire, and two other people with him were showered with glass.

Chief Inspector David Peake, of Gloucestershire Police, said: "The occupants of the Jaguar motor car sustained minor cuts as a result of flying glass and were very traumatised as a result of this serious incident."

The two cars used to trap the Jaguar were later found burnt out not far from the crime scene.

The 63-year-old Scot, said to be the favourite bookie of Irish businessman J P McManus, is known in the racing fraternity as "fearless Freddie", and willing to accept large bets.

BBC racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght said: "He took a 100,000 bet on the first winner yesterday, Reveillez, which came in at six-to-one."

Sources at the racecourse said the amount stolen from Mr Williams was believed to be about 70,000.

Thieves take 32,000 from bookie
17 Mar 06 |  Hereford/Worcs

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