Shotgun raiders are still at large

Corals bookmakers in Nottingham Road, Ilkeston.
Corals bookmakers in Nottingham Road, Ilkeston.
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A week after masked raiders fired a shotgun at terrified staff in a botched robbery at an Ilkeston bookmaker’s, no arrests have been made.

Two would-be raiders burst in to the Coral bookies in Nottingham Road at about 9.30pm on Wednesday April 17 and demanded cash.

The gun was fired towards the two members of staff, but the blast hit a wall and luckily neither woman was hurt –but both were left shaken, police have said.

The men then fled empty-handed on foot but police say they may have had a vehicle waiting for them nearby.

Investigating the incident, Det Insp Hayley Barnett warned residents not to approach the men: “These men are being treated as dangerous. We are urging members of the public not to approach them.

“What we don’t know is whether they are local or they’ve come in from further afield.

“But anyone who has any idea of their identity should contact us as soon as possible.”

One elderly woman living just doors away from the bookmaker’s said: “It’s shocking. You don’t expect this kind of thing so close to your home.”

And Vijeda Singh, who runs the 24-hour Esso petrol station opposite the bookmaker’s, said: “We are concerned that it happened so nearby.

“We will be checking CCTV for the police.”

Det Insp Barnett added: “Thankfully incidents like this are rare in this area, especially ones involving a firearm.”

She said that the suspects are described as white and in their early 20s.

They were both wearing dark clothing with hoods up and had handkerchiefs tied around their faces.

They may have been carrying what looked like a pool cue in a cover.

Anyone with information should call police on 101.