Armed raid was a sham - court

PUBLISHED: 10:43 27 May 2008 | UPDATED: 22:04 26 October 2009

THE manager of a betting shop was involved in setting up a bogus robbery. Daniel Duke, 29, the manager of Ladbrokes in Station Road, Cuffley, was held up at knifepoint by a man on January 20 this year. But when police examined the CCTV footage they were s

THE manager of a betting shop was involved in setting up a bogus robbery.

Daniel Duke, 29, the manager of Ladbrokes in Station Road, Cuffley, was held up at knifepoint by a man on January 20 this year.

But when police examined the CCTV footage they were suspicious about the way the raid had been carried out, St Albans Crown Court heard on Friday.

Prosecutor David Chrimes said they went to the home Duke shares with his girlfriend Rusty Harrison , 25, and found £1,000 in a jar.

The pair was questioned and Harrison admitted she knew her boyfriend was involved.

The police are still looking for the person who acted as the robber, said Mr Chrimes.

Duke of Shortmead Avenue, Waltham Cross, appeared for sentence having admitted theft. Harrison, of the same address, admitted using criminal property.

Judge John Plumstead passed a nine-month jail term on Duke, suspended for two years, and ordered him to complete 240 hours unpaid work.

He gave Harrison a community order with 120 hours unpaid work.

A confiscation hearing will be fixed for a later date.

Judge Plumstead said: "Labrokes are entitled to their money and they will get it.


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