POLICE have released CCTV following a spate of robberies at bookmakers.

Hampshire Constabulary are appealing for information, following five incidents in Hampshire.

The released CCTV shows the moment a man, who is brandishing a knife, robbed a Corals in Chandlers Ford.

The incident happened at 9.40am on January 27, and the knife-wielding man jumped over the counter and demanded cash, with a member of staff handing over approximately £500, before the offender fled Oakmount Road premises.

The man police wish to speak to is described as around 5ft 9ins, wearing a black hooded top, with the hood up, and a black scarf/snood with no eye or mouth holes, as well as black gloves.

Detective constable Alison Humby said: "We’re appealing for information to help identify a man involved in a series of betting shop robberies which have occurred in Southampton and surrounding areas since mid January 2019.

"On each occasion the offender has been carrying a knife and entered the betting shop either close to closing time or when the shop opens.

"In all incidents he has made off with quantities of cash.

"The offender has disguised himself very well, as you can see from the CCTV.

"However, we’ve issued the images to demonstrate the severity of what has happened.

"The offender has used a distinctive red knife which is visible in the CCTV.

"Do you know anyone that owns a knife like this? Have recently acquired a large amount of cash?

"We’ve been engaging with the bookmakers’ head offices and have spoken with them at length offering them advice and information.

"They have ensured that their staff have been fully briefed about what to do and how to keep safe if they find themselves in this type of situation.

"We’d like to speak to anyone who has any information about these incidents or anyone who thinks they recognise the man in the CCTV image."

The other incidents, which took place between January 13-23, saw a man entering Coral, Ladbrokes and Betfred premises in Bitterne, Romsey, Holbury and Hedge End.

He was armed with a knife on each occasion, and made off with cash.

Anyone with information should call Hampshire Constabulary on 101 quoting 44190032517.