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Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Armed robbers raid Paddy Power, Wexham

£2,000 stolen • police arrest 34 year-old man

Report and photographs: Paul Janik

A suspect in the betting shop robbery has been arrested, charged and kept in custody awaiting trial.

On Monday, 18 January, two masked men burst into the Paddy Power betting shop in Upton Lea. They stole cash estimated to be £2,000 and fled, according to a member of the public, in a car without number plates.

The men were said to have been armed with a kitchen knife and a gun.

Upton Lea has 3 betting shops at the Grasmere roundabout in Wexham Road. Bet Fred and Corals on the east side and Paddy Power on the west side.

The Paddy Power betting shop is between the laundrette and the BP garage.

Today Thames Valley Police announced that one suspect, 34 year-old Mr Ishtiaq Ali of Belfast Avenue, off Sheffield Road, Slough, had been arrested. Police said the real-looking gun had been a fake.

Today police charged Mr Ali with:-

  • one offence of robbery
  • one offence of possessing an imitation gun
  • one offence of possessing a knife or sharp bladed object.

In a fast same-day response, the Crown Prosecution Service put Mr Ali before Reading Magistrates' Court who ordered Mr Ali to be detained in custody until his next court appointment on Monday, 22 February 2016.

Staff at the Paddy Power shop were relieved to hear one of the robbery suspects had been caught and charged. They said their colleagues had "been terrified".


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