Police step up Eastbourne patrols after armed robberies

Ladbrokes betting shop, Langney Shopping Centre (Photo by Jon Rigby) SUS-160317-083710008
Ladbrokes betting shop, Langney Shopping Centre (Photo by Jon Rigby) SUS-160317-083710008

Police are stepping up patrols around betting shops in Eastbourne after a string of knifepoint robberies in recent months.

Ladbrokes in Langney shopping centre has been targeted twice in the past few months - on February 9 and March 8 - losing close to £3,000 in the most recent raid.

Another Ladbrokes branch in Brassey Avenue was targeted in December as have several other betting shops in the town.

This follows another knifepoint robbery at Betfred in Framfield Way on November 2 last year,

On February 15, the Coral betting shop in Vicarage Field, Hailsham, was also robbed at knifepoint.

All the thieves obscured their faces before entering the betting shops.

Speaking after the robbery at Ladbrokes in Langney shopping centre on March 8, Chief Inspector of Eastbourne Police, Emma Brice said, “While this is not the first incident of its kind in the area, it is not being linked to any other crime, and we are working with bookmakers in Eastbourne to review security measures to ensure it does not happen again.

“We are also stepping up police patrols in the area at key times and at key locations in a bid to prevent further offences.”

Following the most recent robbery the Herald asked the three betting companies what actions they would be taking to improve staff and customer safety at their stores.

Each company was also asked if it would consider installing security doors, which would let staff see a customer before letting them in.

A spokeswoman for Ladbrokes said, “We are assisting police with their investigations and reviewing security measures.”

They declined to answer specific questions on the installation of security doors or safety measures.

Betfred and Coral did not respond to requests for comment on what would be done to improve safety at their branches.

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