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Police appeal after betting shop robbery

THAMES VALLEY POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a machete was used in an armed robbery at an Oxfordshire betting shop on New Year's Eve.

At around 8.50pm, two men entered Coral in Market Place, Wallingford, wearing Halloween masks. One of the men was armed with a machete while the other carried a red and white plastic bag.

The pair threatened the staff and demanded they open the safe and hand over the contents before getting away with a substantial amount of money.

The armed man is described as being between 5ft 7ins and 5ft 8ins, and was wearing a black hooded top and gloves. The other man had a dark-coloured hooded top, light-coloured tracksuit bottoms and gloves.

Det Con John Shaw said: "Thankfully none of the staff or customers were injured in the robbery.

"After leaving the bookmakers the men headed in the direction of the Waitrose supermarket, and we would be keen to speak with anyone who may have seen where they went."

Anyone with information should contact Det Con Shaw via the 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry line on 0845 8505 505, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit the Thames ValleyPolice website.

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