Police helicopter helps in capture of betting shop armed robbery suspects

Police helicopter. Stock image by  Andrew Long
Police helicopter. Stock image by Andrew Long

A police helicopter last night helped capture two men suspected of carrying out armed attacks on Hemel Hempstead betting shops.

The arrests were made after a vehicle was stopped in Adeyfield at around 6pm, while the aircraft ensured the area was contained.

Both men, who are aged 40 and 37 and from the town, were arrested on suspicion of robbery in connection to two raids on Coral bookmakers just a week apart.

The first attack took place on Monday, May 5 at the Bennetts Gate branch. The second occurred on Monday of this week at the Adeyfield branch in Queen’s Square, when a gun was waved at a cashier before cash was stolen.

Both men are in police custody.

Anyone with information about either incident is urged to call Det Insp Justine Jenkins from the Hemel Hempstead local crime unit on the non-emergency number 101, citing crime reference D1/14/2831.

Alternatively call Crimestoppers, the independent charity, anonymously on 0800 555 111.