Appeal after armed robberies at Cardiff and Port Talbot bookmakers

Police are investigating two armed robberies at separate Ladbrokes bookmakers in south Wales.

On Monday night a bookmakers in Cathays, Cardiff was targeted by two men with an axe who demanded cash from a male employee.

Twenty four hours later another office at Margam Road, Port Talbot was entered by a man with a knife who threatened a female worker and also demanded money.

Officers are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

The first robbery happened at about 21:30 BST on Monday in the Cardiff shop in Whitchurch Road when cash was stolen from the till.

No-one was injured, but officers were sent to the scene and CCTV, house to house, and forensic inquiries are continuing.

Twelve Knights pub

South Wales Police say they particularly want to speak to a taxi driver who may have seen the two suspects, and a woman in Newfoundland Road who saw them running down a lane behind the shop.

She is described as white, 5ft 8in tall, blonde, 25 to 30, and was wearing a red top.

The second robbery happened at about 21:55 BST on Tuesday at Ladbrokes on Margam Road, Port Talbot.

Afterwards, the robber was seen walking up Margam Road in the direction of the Twelve Knights pub before passing the Bargain Booze shop and the Post Office and turning down a lane which leads to the rear of the shops.

He is described as 5ft 9in tall and of medium build. He was wearing a grey jacket with the hood up, a black balaclava and gloves, and grey tracksuit bottoms.

Det Insp Mark Kavanagh of Neath CID said "The incident has happened on a very busy main road that runs through the heart of Margam, and at a time of night when they could well have a number of people about."

"I am appealing to anyone who was in the vicinity of the betting shop and saw this man or has any relevant information to come to come forward"

South Wales Police said anyone with information about the Port Talbot robbery can contact Neath CID on 01639 640204 or 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. People with information about the Cardiff robbery asked to contact Cardiff CID on 02920 527 420 or Crimestoppers.

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