Bookie giants set to beef up security for Cambuslang shops
Dec 5 2012
By Will Henshaw
Bookmakers William Hill are bolstering security at their Cambuslang shops after two were robbed in the space of a month.
The latest incident occurred about
9.15pm Saturday when a man wearing a hood and a scarf around his face
entered the firm’s premises at 208-210 Main Street.
threatened staff and made off with a small amount of money. He had a
bag covering his hand so it is not known whether he was armed.
is described as white, 5ft 6in, wearing a hooded jacket with brown,
grey and green stripes as well as beige chinos. CTV footage of the
incident has been forwarded to police.
Wednesday, October 31, William Hill’s premises at 41 Main Street,
Cambuslang, was also robbed. A man allegedly threatened two female
members of staff with a bat and made off with a three-figure sum of
money. A 36-year-old has since been arrested in connection with the
Head of retail
security at William Hill, Gerard Davies, confirmed the company had set
up a meeting with Strathclyde Police on the issue of security in the
Mr Davies said: “We
take the safety of our staff very seriously. After the first robbery we
completed a risk assessment and recommendations were put forward to
increase the security for Cambuslang. This was already under way when
the second robbery occurred.
will be a number of different things done: some you can do very quickly
and some that take a bit longer. Within the next couple of weeks I
would expect everything to be in place.”
Jim Gillespie of Rutherglen Police said: “That’s the third we’ve had up
there over the past couple of weeks. There will be additional and high
visibility patrols in the area.
“That will be maintained and we are in dialogue with the bookmakers themselves with regards to security.”
last week’s Reformer we reported that the Coral bookmakers, also on
Main Street, was robbed on Friday, November 23 by a man with a knife.
Jim Gilliespie urged anyone with information over the latest William
Hill robbery or the Coral robbery to contact police on 0141 532 5210 or
Crimestoppers, where calls are free and anonymous, on 0800 555 111