STAFF were left terrified when a thug wielding a bat burst into a betting shop and demanded cash.
Two female cashiers were working in Ladbrokes, in Church Street, Hartlepool, when the robber burst into the store at around 7.40pm armed with the weapon.
Fearing for their safety as shocked customers looked on, workers handed over an amount of money before the man fled.
Neither of the workers were hurt in the raid, though both were left “shocked and shaken” by their ordeal.
Detectives taped off the shop while searches of the surrounding area, near to Hartlepool’s train station, were carried out.
A 32-year-old man was later arrested on suspicion of robbery and remains in police custody.
Today, a spokeswoman for the force said none of the workers were hit with the bat but were left shocked and shaken by the incident.
She said: “Police were called to reports of a robbery at Ladbrokes betting shop on Church Street in Hartlepool at around 7.40pm on Monday.
“A man entered the shop armed with a bat and left with money from the till after threatening staff to hand it over.”
She added: “A 32-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of robbery and is currently in police custody.”
A spokeswoman for Ladbrokes said: “