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Bookmaker robberies may be linked

Two raids on bookmakers in Leicester may be linked, police have said.

A man entered the Mark Jarvis bookmakers on Northampton Street and threatened a cashier with an object in a carrier bag on Friday at 1750 BST.

The firm's Melbourne Road branch was then targeted about two hours later. A cashier was again threatened with an object in a bag.

An undisclosed amount of cash was stolen in both incidents. No-one was injured during the robberies.

'Extremely shocked'

Witnesses at both raids described the offender as black and said he was wearing a dark hooded top.

Det Con Grover Campbell said: "Although no-one was hurt during the incident, staff at the bookmakers have been left extremely shocked and distressed.

"Due to the similarities between these two incidents, we currently believe they may be linked.

"We're conducting a number of inquiries including viewing CCTV but would obviously be keen to hear from anyone who witnessed these incidents or who saw a man matching this description."

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