Armed robbers steal £5,000 in terrifying shotgun raid on Mecca Bingo hall

The Bolton News: CCTV footage shows the robbers storming into Mecca Bingo in Breightmet CCTV footage shows the robbers storming into Mecca Bingo in Breightmet

FOUR masked men armed with a shotgun stole £5,000 in a terrifying armed robbery at a busy Bolton bingo hall.

Mecca Bingo in Breightmet Fold Lane, Breightmet, was packed with players when the gang burst in at about 7.10pm last night.

Security at the bingo hall saw the men approaching and closed the shutters, but the gang still managed to force their way through the front door.

Once inside, the men, who were armed with a machete, a hammer and a shotgun, stole about £5,000 from cash drawers before fleeing in a stolen blue Volvo estate car.

The car was later found abandoned in nearby Fosters Lane and is now being examined by police forensic experts.

Sgt Kevin Day said: “The bingo hall was open for business at the time and was full of people enjoying the games.

“Luckily nobody was badly hurt, but that should not undermine the fact that these men came heavily armed and capable of causing serious injury.

“The men knew what they were doing - they wasted no time in going straight to the cash drawers to ensure a quick getaway and used a stolen car, which was soon abandoned after the crime.”

Anyone with information can call police on 0161 8565795 or 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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5:17pm Mon 14 Jul 14

the hand says...

Bingo hall was busy does that make it a full house
Bingo hall was busy does that make it a full house the hand
  • Score: -4

7:07pm Mon 14 Jul 14

ChristPMossie says...

£1250 each for the sake of potential 7 years in prison.

There are really stupid people around
£1250 each for the sake of potential 7 years in prison. There are really stupid people around ChristPMossie
  • Score: 10

8:00pm Mon 14 Jul 14

TMM791 says...

I WAS AT THE HALL LAST NITE WE ALL PANICKED AND RAN OUT SOME OF THE OLDER PEOPLE WERE VERY SHAKEN, I HOPE THESE THUGS ARE CAUGHT AND TAKE OFF THE STREETS ASAP, THEY ARE OBV NOT VERY SMART AS IT WAS HALF PRICE LAST NITE SO THEY PICKED A BAD NITE THE STAFF AND POLICE DID NOT COMMUNICATE WELL WITH US AT THE HALL THEY TOLD US NOTHING PROPERLY...
I WAS AT THE HALL LAST NITE WE ALL PANICKED AND RAN OUT SOME OF THE OLDER PEOPLE WERE VERY SHAKEN, I HOPE THESE THUGS ARE CAUGHT AND TAKE OFF THE STREETS ASAP, THEY ARE OBV NOT VERY SMART AS IT WAS HALF PRICE LAST NITE SO THEY PICKED A BAD NITE THE STAFF AND POLICE DID NOT COMMUNICATE WELL WITH US AT THE HALL THEY TOLD US NOTHING PROPERLY... TMM791
  • Score: -2

8:13pm Mon 14 Jul 14

allan111111 says...

It was two fat ladies
It was two fat ladies allan111111
  • Score: 1

10:53pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Beyond News Forum says...

£5000! BINGO!

They knew EXACTLY where to go. EXACTLY!
£5000! BINGO! They knew EXACTLY where to go. EXACTLY! Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 1

12:05am Tue 15 Jul 14

Chrome1 says...

What's got 99 balls and screws old women? BINGO!
What's got 99 balls and screws old women? BINGO! Chrome1
  • Score: 0

12:21am Tue 15 Jul 14

Chrome1 says...

TMM791 wrote:
I WAS AT THE HALL LAST NITE WE ALL PANICKED AND RAN OUT SOME OF THE OLDER PEOPLE WERE VERY SHAKEN, I HOPE THESE THUGS ARE CAUGHT AND TAKE OFF THE STREETS ASAP, THEY ARE OBV NOT VERY SMART AS IT WAS HALF PRICE LAST NITE SO THEY PICKED A BAD NITE THE STAFF AND POLICE DID NOT COMMUNICATE WELL WITH US AT THE HALL THEY TOLD US NOTHING PROPERLY...
Maybe if you'd bothered to turn-off your caps lock and improve your English then you would've been taken seriously. In the meantime what's Black and white and creams "Yes, Yes, Yes!"? A Nun winning at bingo.
[quote][p][bold]TMM791[/bold] wrote: I WAS AT THE HALL LAST NITE WE ALL PANICKED AND RAN OUT SOME OF THE OLDER PEOPLE WERE VERY SHAKEN, I HOPE THESE THUGS ARE CAUGHT AND TAKE OFF THE STREETS ASAP, THEY ARE OBV NOT VERY SMART AS IT WAS HALF PRICE LAST NITE SO THEY PICKED A BAD NITE THE STAFF AND POLICE DID NOT COMMUNICATE WELL WITH US AT THE HALL THEY TOLD US NOTHING PROPERLY...[/p][/quote]Maybe if you'd bothered to turn-off your caps lock and improve your English then you would've been taken seriously. In the meantime what's Black and white and creams "Yes, Yes, Yes!"? A Nun winning at bingo. Chrome1
  • Score: -7

5:47pm Tue 15 Jul 14

alivenkicking says...

ChristPMossie wrote:
£1250 each for the sake of potential 7 years in prison.

There are really stupid people around
Thats if they get caught ?
[quote][p][bold]ChristPMossie[/bold] wrote: £1250 each for the sake of potential 7 years in prison. There are really stupid people around[/p][/quote]Thats if they get caught ? alivenkicking
  • Score: 0

11:04pm Tue 15 Jul 14

babyjack says...

My sister and some of my friends was working that night so i think some of the comments are you called for.these people have relive the event of want happened that night ever time they go work.why dont you think about what write before you comment cause are just internet trolls who have nothing better to do and write nasty comments.x
My sister and some of my friends was working that night so i think some of the comments are you called for.these people have relive the event of want happened that night ever time they go work.why dont you think about what write before you comment cause are just internet trolls who have nothing better to do and write nasty comments.x babyjack
  • Score: 1

12:11am Wed 16 Jul 14

tinypet says...

babyjack wrote:
My sister and some of my friends was working that night so i think some of the comments are you called for.these people have relive the event of want happened that night ever time they go work.why dont you think about what write before you comment cause are just internet trolls who have nothing better to do and write nasty comments.x
ellen dont let the d icks get to you.
[quote][p][bold]babyjack[/bold] wrote: My sister and some of my friends was working that night so i think some of the comments are you called for.these people have relive the event of want happened that night ever time they go work.why dont you think about what write before you comment cause are just internet trolls who have nothing better to do and write nasty comments.x[/p][/quote]ellen dont let the d icks get to you. tinypet
  • Score: 1
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