Images released of suspects after series of armed robberies in Leeds

One of the suspects police are trying to identify
One of the suspects police are trying to identify
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Police have released images of men they want to trace after three armed robberies in Leeds in just four days.

One image from a robbery at Holbeck Wines & Spirits on Tuesday night shows the face of one of the suspects, who is wearing a distinctive blue and black North Face jacket. 

One of the robbers carrying what appears to be a long-barrelled firearm

One of the robbers carrying what appears to be a long-barrelled firearm

He went into the shop in Top Moor Side at 10.20pm with an accomplice, armed with what appeared to be a long-barrelled firearm similar to a shotgun. A third man waited at the door.

They threatened the female member of staff, before stealing three bottles of spirits. 

The incident is believed to be linked to an armed robbery at William Hill bookmakers in Beeston Road, Beeston, shortly after 8pm on Monday and a similar incident at Betfred bookmakers, in Top Moor Side, Holbeck, shortly after 8.30pm on Saturday.

Detective Inspector Amanda Wimbles, of Leeds District CID, said: "We are continuing to carry out extensive enquiries into these incidents which we believe are likely to be connected. 

The armed robber entering the shop

The armed robber entering the shop

"The CCTV image from Holbeck Wines shows the face of one of the suspects quite clearly and we would like to hear from anyone who recognises him. 

"We would also still like to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious in the vicinity of these offences around the times they occurred or who has any information that could assist the investigation. 

"Officers from the local neighbourhood team are continuing to link with local businesses and increase their patrols of the area and a proactive policing operation, supported by armed officers, has been put in place to deter any further offences." 

Call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

A robber in the Betfred bookmakers

A robber in the Betfred bookmakers

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