Knife wielding "Ali G" imitator threatens Guildford bookmakers

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By mattcollison | Tuesday, January 22, 2013, 10:33

A STAFF member at a Guildford bookmakers was threatened with a knife and told to hand over money by a youth described as speaking like Ali G.

The attempted robbery happened at Coral Racing in Woodbridge Hill sometime between 2.45pm and 3pm on Sunday (January 20) when the suspect threatened a member of staff with a weapon and demanded money.

The offender entered the store and was asked for identification to show his age but left after this initial request. 

He went back into the betting shop a couple of minutes later to ask why he had to show ID and after being told, he left the shop again. He went into the bookies for a third time and pulled out a knife which he pointed at an employee behind the counter.

A customer in the betting shop picked up a chair, which he pointed and the offender and challenged him. 

The suspect fled out of the store, turning right towards the Wooden Bridge pub as he made his escape.

The suspect is described as being of mixed race, aged between 16 and 20-years-old, 5ft 7" to 5ft 8ins tall and of a slim build. 

He was wearing very baggy blue jeans which were worn low down, a black hooded top and a black body warmer jacket on top. He wore black Nike gloves and spoke in a street slang style described as sounding like the Sacha Baron Cohen character Ali G.

Detective Constable Rhodri Lewis investigating said: "This brazen attempt at robbery caused those in the store fear and distress and Surrey Police will not tolerate such acts of intimidation and violence. The suspect was in and out of the betting shop and there may be passing motorists or pedestrians who may have seen this man acting suspiciously. I would urge anyone with information, however slight the detail, to call officers as soon as possible."

Anyone who may be able to help is asked to call Surrey Police on 101 quoting reference GD/13/529. Alternatively Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.



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