Man, 58, appears in court charged with robbery at bookies

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A MAN accused of robbery at a bookies armed with a gun has appeared in court.

Christopher Walker, 58, of Springfield Grove, Corby, allegedly told the female cashier at Coral betting shop in Station Road, Desborough, to put money into a bag.

The court heard that at first she refused but, after hearing a ‘click’ which she believed to be a gun being cocked, she handed over £120 from the till.

Walker was committed to Northampton Crown Court by magistrates in Kettering yesterday for a hearing to be held in August.

Stella Moses, prosecuting, said: “At about 8.40am the defendant entered the store and walked up to the counter.

“He had his hand in his pocket and was carrying a bag.

“He placed a note on the counter, which said ‘put the money in the bag’ – at that point the cashier noticed he had a gun in his hand.

“She said ‘no’ but heard the sound of the gun click. She told him most of the money was time-locked and could only give him the money from the till.”

Walker spoke only to confirm his date of birth and address. He has been charged with robbery and possession of a firearm.