Strathclyde betting shops targeted by robbers
POLICE have described 16 armed robberies, including nine on betting shops, in the Strathclyde area in the past eight weeks as "completely unacceptable".
Five of the premises targeted since the start of July belong to William Hill, while in the latest incident a man attempted to hold up a Ladbrokes shop in the Trongate district of Glasgow on Monday before escaping empty-handed.
Officers have not yet connected the betting shops raids, but two of five bank robberies have been linked. Armed robbers have also struck at a frozen food shop and a sports complex.
Det Insp Gerry McBride of Strathclyde Police, said: "We are aware of the public concerns regarding the recent spate of armed robberies in and around Glasgow, and indeed the potential dangers faced by those who work in the businesses affected.
"Whilst no-one has suffered any serious injury, the trauma and upset caused to staff involved is something that no-one should have to encounter at work and is completely unacceptable to us as a force.
"Unfortunately these robberies have become more common of late, and we recognise this is something that could cause alarm." He said officers were working "tirelessly" to prevent further attacks.
"We are also liaising with security personnel from the betting industry and a full investigation is ongoing into every robbery which has taken place." he said.
"Whilst we don't believe all the robberies are linked at this time, we are looking at them collectively to ensure all information is available to assist the investigation."
CCTV images were on Thursday released of a man police want to trace in connection with two armed robberies on betting shops in the Govanhill area of the city last week.
The first incident took place at the William Hill shop on Victoria Road about 3.50pm on Monday, August 25. Another of the company's shops on CathcartRoad was robbed at 5.10pm the following day.