ARMED robbers stole cash from a bookmakers after threatening staff with a handgun during a terrifying raid.

Two men stormed into the Betfred shop on Oxford Road at around 8.25am on Thursday and approached the staff counter.

One of the offenders produced a handgun and threatened a staff member and demanded money.

A quantity of cash was placed in a plastic bag and both offenders left the store.

The first offender is a white man, approximately 30 years of age, who was dressed in a black waist-length jacket, with a fur-lined hood and dark trousers.

The second was also a white man of the same age and was dressed in a multi-coloured red and blue hooded jacket, with dark trousers with white stripes down the leg and light-coloured shoes.

Nobody was in injured during the incident.

Detective chief inspector Matt Stone, of Force CID at Reading, said: “We are appealing for witnesses to this incident, which was a terrifying experience for the victim.

“It happened in a public place and there is a high chance of it being witnesses by someone.

“We would urge anyone with information to come forward and help us with our investigation.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the 24-hour non-emergency number on 101 and quote URN 267 1/11.

Reports can be made online at or you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.