Knifepoint robbery at Harrogate betting shop
Last updated Sep 2, 2023
Police are appealing for help to trace this man.

A knife-wielding man with a scarf around his face robbed terrified staff at a Harrogate betting shop last night.

The man entered Betfred on Kings Road at about 8.15pm wearing a black Nike tracksuit and brandishing a kitchen knife.

North Yorkshire Police said it has launched a full investigation and appealed for witnesses and information.

It said in a statement:

“He left with a small amount of cash before making off, crossing the road and is believed to have headed down Back Dawson Terrace.”

The man is described as white, around 5ft 9ins tall with blue or green eyes and brown hair.

He is described as in his early twenties with a local accent.

Detective sergeant Tom Barker of Harrogate CID said:

“Clearly this was frightening for the staff at Betfred. Fortunately no one was hurt in the incident.

“I want to emphasise that we don’t believe any members of the local community are at risk. The suspect in this case has clearly targeted the location to steal cash.”

He said detectives have many lines of enquiry, including video footage from the area. They have released an image of a man they need to locate as part of their enquiries.

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DS Barker added:

“If you live nearby we encourage you to review you doorbell cameras.

“Equally if you were in a vehicle at the time with in-car footage please review your cameras.

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Quote incident number 12230165267.