One betting shop employee was injured as armed robbers struck at two separate bookmakers in South Birmingham yesterday evening (Monday 24 February).
At just before 8pm, three men wearing balaclavas and armed with a knife and a hand gun entered William Hill in Bristol Road South, Northfield, close to the junction with Tessall Lane.
The men demanded money and one employee was injured after being hit in the head with the metal cash tin which the offenders threw back after emptying.
The offenders made off with a quantity of cash.
Around 50 minutes later, at 8.40pm, a second betting shop in the area was subject to a robbery.
Three men, wearing balaclavas, demanded money from staff at the Bet Fred shop in Pershore Road, Kings Norton The men, again armed with a knife and gun, escaped empty handed after smashing screens inside the shop.
West Midlands Police are investigating the two robberies, which they do believe are linked.
Acting DI Kay Thompson from Force CID said: “Detectives are linking the two robberies which occurred in a short space of time and are currently examining CCTV.”
If you were a witness to either incident or have any further information, please call CID at Harborne on 101. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111