Thames Valley Police Seek Information Regarding Armed Robbery of Gala Bingo

Posted on Nov 15, 2015

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Thugs armed with a gun and a knife robbed a Gala Bingo club in Slough on Bonfire night.

The Thames Valley Police have been unable to make any arrests and are asking the locals to provide any information they can to locate the thieves.

The robbery occurred at approximately 7.45pm on Thursday. The men entered the bingo club and threatened the staff taking cash from the till and taking off in a blue getaway car driven by a third individual.

The men were described in the following way:

“The first man is described as black, of athletic build, between 5ft 10ins and 6ft, with a tattoo on his left cheek. He was wearing a balaclava.

“The second man is about 5ft4ins to- 5ft6ins and of average build. He was also wearing a balaclava.”

According to the sloughexpress.co.uk, investigating officer, detective constable Mohammed Rashid, of Force CID based in Maidenhead, said, “We would reassure the public that we are doing everything in our power to trace these men.

“We would ask anyone who has seen men going into the Gala club at around 7.45pm last Thursday evening, or two men making their way out and getting into a blue car which was waiting outside to come forward. I would ask anyone to call us Thames Valley Police on 101.

“If you don't want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org (opens new window). No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.”

The article was updated to include a subsequent robbery in the same location.

In the days following Bonfire Night, the Gala Bingo was broken into during the early morning hours at 3:55am. In addition to cash taken, the intruders took some bottles of liquor before the alarm went off and police arrived.

Sarah Mercer of Gala Bingo said, “Only a small amount of money was taken.

“No one was injured, and no customers were either involved or were present. We are helping the police with their investigation. The matter was reported to police instantly.

“We are proud of our staff and management; their approach resulted in no impact on any of our customers who were in the club at the time.”

On Sunday, the same hall was broken into at around 3.55am in the morning. The burglars helped themselves to a few bottles of alcohol before the alarms sounded and they fled the scene.

There are still no suspects and police are looking for information.
By Glo Wood

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