Page last updated at 10:06 GMT, Tuesday, 16 September 2008 11:06 UK

Ex-officer charged over robbery

A former Metropolitan Police officer has been charged over a robbery at a betting shop in east London.

Gary Griffiths, 38, of no fixed address, was charged with two counts of robbery at Ladbroke Bookmakers and possession of an offensive weapon.

Mr Griffiths was held after two men robbed hundreds of pounds during a raid in North Road in Ilford. A staff member was also threatened with a gun.

Bradley Donovan, 25, faces the same charges as Mr Griffiths.

Both men will appear before Redbridge magistrates on Tuesday.

Mr Griffiths left the police force earlier this year.

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