An imitation firearm was used in an attempted robbery at a betting shop in Hatfield, and police are keen to identify the suspect.

The incident occurred at around 7.30pm on Friday, December 30, at Ladbrokes in Dellsome Lane.

It is reported that the suspect entered the premises before revealing an imitation firearm and demanding money. His demands were refused by staff and he left one minute later.

"Since this incident was first reported several lines of enquiry have been carried out, and we are now releasing these images because we believe the individual pictured may have been in the area at the time and could assist with our investigation," said PC Philip Jowett, investigating.

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"I appreciate the individual’s face is obscured, but we are ensuring all lines of enquiry are exhausted.

"If you saw anything, or have any further CCTV footage, please email me at

"Additionally, if you saw anyone acting suspicious around the area at this time, I’d like to hear from you."

You can also report information online at, via online web chat at or call the non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference 41/105313/22.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at