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Armed police attend attempted armed robbery at a Nottingham bookmakers

Officers have successfully arrested a man only minutes after receiving a 999 call of an attempted armed robbery.

A panic button was pressed by staff at a bookmakers in Alfreton Road, Radford, at around 12.55pm today (2 January) after a man reportedly entered the store with a note demanding money.

It’s alleged a man entered the bookmakers and spoke to a cashier inside before producing a note demanding money to be handed over and reinforcing those demands stating he was in possession of a gun.

When the employee refused a man is believed to have left the store before returning a short time later.

Armed officers were immediately deployed and swiftly located and arrested the suspect within the store.

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A 23-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of attempted robbery.

He remains in police custody as enquires continue.

Chief Inspector Paul Hennessy, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “We were made aware of an incident in Alfreton Road at around 12.56 pm today and thanks to the swift action by our armed officers we arrested a man within only minutes of receiving the call.

“Officers have done a fantastic job here to quickly locate and arrest the suspect and protect members of the public from harm, thankfully no one was reported to have been injured.

“Although no money was handed over, incidents like this are taken extremely seriously particularly when firearms are mentioned.

“Officers will work extremely hard to establish exactly what happened to safeguard the public.

“There is still a large police presence in the area as our enquires continue but we would like to reassure everyone that we have made an arrest and do not believe there to be a wider risk to the public.

“Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has any CCTV is urged to contact the police on 101, quoting incident number 246 of 2 January 2022.”

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