Latest robbery dismays Rothwell traders

The betting shop on Rothwell's Bridge Street which was the scene of a robbery

The betting shop on Rothwell's Bridge Street which was the scene of a robbery

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Business owners say they are shocked after a robbery at a betting shop, where a similar incident occurred last year.

A man made off with cash from the branch of Betfred in Bridge Street, Rothwell, last week, despite attempts by staff to lock him inside the shop.

It comes as police figures suggest Rothwell fared worse in 2012 than other nearby towns of a similar size.

And traders in the town have been having their say about what the latest incident means for businesses there.

Butcher Frank Sindon said: “I am not particularly worried, because why would they come in here and steal a lump of meat? But it’s a worry for shops in the town. I don’t know why it’s so bad here.”

Claire Owens, from clothes shop Trudi Claire, said she did not think the problem was confined to the town. She added: “We need more security cameras in the street.”

Sally Wykes, from the Little Blue Owl cake shop, described the latest incident as dreadful, but said her business had never experienced any problems.

She added: “I have found Rothwell really friendly. We are all trying to get together and help each other.”

The figures showed there were 869 crimes committed in the 12 months to the end of December, compared with 548 in Burton Latimer and 703 in Desborough, which has a larger population than Rothwell.

It means the crime rate in Rothwell was more than 40 per cent higher than in either of the other two towns.

Among the crimes were six robberies and 86 burglaries in 2012 in Rothwell, compared with one and 52 respectively in Desborough in the same period.

PC Simon Johnson said there were frequent patrols in both towns.

He added: “The problem we have got in Rothwell is its proximity to the A14.

“But generally it’s a nice town, with a thriving night-time economy. So when you have a major incident, people are going to talk about it.”