Robber in wolf mask struck at betting shop

CCTV still of Betfred robber.
CCTV still of Betfred robber.
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Police are hunting a knife-wielding robber who threatened betting shop staff while wearing a wolf mask.

A man wearing a distinctive wolf mask targeted the Betfred betting shop on Higher Parr Street, Fingerpost, shortly after 9.30pm on Sunday, December 21.

The man, who was wearing a dark hoodie with red shoulders, jumped over the counter and threatened two female members of staff with a knife before making off on foot towards Merton Bank Road with a quantity of cash.

Forensic examinations have been carried out and CCTV from the shop and surrounding area is being reviewed.

DC Jimmy Rotherham said: “On this occasion the offender got away with money but I can reassure people that we are doing everything we can to trace and arrest him.

“We have released this CCTV image because the mask is very distinctive and we appeal for anybody who has seen anyone in possession of a similar mask or shopkeepers who may have sold the mask to get in contact.”

He added: “The force is absolutely determined to crackdown on attempts to rob businesses and we have had a great deal of success doing so.

“We are continuing to run a range of pro-active initiatives to help them improve security including toughened protective screens and strict cash-handling procedures.”

Anyone who recognises the mask, saw anything suspicious in the area, or has any information about the incident, can call St Helens CID on 0151 777 6829 or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111.”