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Charge over robberies at bookies

Police vehicle passing William Hill in Albany Road, Roath, Cardiff
The William Hill shop in Roath was one of the bookies hit

A 42-year-old man has been charged in connection with six armed robberies at bookmakers in south Wales.

The man, from Fairwater in Cardiff, was due to appear before city magistrates over the robberies in Monmouth, Cardiff and Penarth.

The first robbery was carried out in Cardiff three days before Christmas.

The man was arrested on Thursday, a day after the latest robbery at Ladbrokes Betting Shop in Monmouth, when a man threatened an assistant with a knife.

Ladbrokes, Evansfield Road, Llandaff North, on 22 December
Ladbrokes, St Fagans Road, Fairwater, on 16 January
Corals, Clare Road, Grangetown on 17 January
Ladbrokes, Stanwell Road, Penarth on 18 January
William Hill, Albany Road, Roath, on 19 January
Ladbrokes, Monnow Street, Monmouth, on 28 January

South Wales Police had previously issued around 100 posters appealing for information about the other armed robberies.

Bookmakers in Llandaff North, Roath, Fairwater and Grangetown in Cardiff and one in Penarth were targeted.

Four bookies were attacked on consecutive nights from 16 January, all at about closing time.

A fifth was hit just before Christmas.

Up to 50 South Wales Police officers have been working on the investigation.

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