AN ARMED robber held-up a betting shop in North Weald.

At around 8.40pm on January 17, a man with a scarf covering his face entered Coverdale Racing on the High Road. 

He pulled out what looked like a black handgun and threatened a member of staff, before fleeing with cash. 

The suspect has is described as white, around 6ft tall and of a medium build.

He wore a black coat, trousers and gloves.

Investigating officer Dc Sarah Barker, of Loughton CID, said: “An innocent member of staff was subjected to a terrifying ordeal, with an armed robber threatening him at gun point and demanding cash.

“We have been making extensive enquiries at the scene and have reviewed CCTV at the business and surrounding area.

“We are now appealing for information and would urged people to call Loughton CID on 101 quoting crime reference 42/8210/18 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”