Thug jailed after £2,500 betting shop robbery

Ladbrokes on Leyland Lane, where the incident happened
Ladbrokes on Leyland Lane, where the incident happened

A burglar who threatened a bookmaker’s worker with a knife and stole £2,500 in cash has been jailed for three years.

Thomas Forshaw, 53, from Seven Stars Road, Leyland, grabbed a female worker as she was opening the Ladbrokes betting shop in Leyland Lane, Leyland, on July 19, before bundling her into the store at knife-point.

Forshaw, who police say had knowledge of the layout of the premises as he was a former customer, then forced her into the rear kitchen area of the shop, pushed her into the toilet and then demanded the keys to the safe.

He also told her to give him her mobile phone.

When she wouldn’t, he threatened her with the knife.

He then stole £2,500 in cash and fled the scene.

The worker’s screams as she was being pushed into the shop alerted a member of the public who called police.

Officers managed to track Forshaw down at his home a short while later, and saw him leaving in a taxi.

They hailed the taxi to stop and found Forshaw with a bag full of bank notes.

He was arrested and charged with robbery and possessing an offensive weapon.

He pleaded guilty and was sentenced at Preston Crown Court last week.

Police say he has shown ‘genuine remorse’ over his actions.