A man wanted in connection with a series of violent robberies at betting shops is thought to be residing in Southwark, according to police.
Flying Squad officers at Tower Bridge station have reason to believe that Anthony Perry is currently living in the borough, and have this week asked the public to come forward and help them locate him.
Mr Perry is described as a 30 year old black male, 6 ft tall and of athletic build. He is believed to have information relating to a string of violent gang attacks which began last summer.
‘Adam’, a betting a shop worker who did not want to be identified, was behind the counter when one of the Southwark shops was raided. “It took just three seconds,” he told The Platform. “The guy rammed his way in, pushing past the cashier. He was acting like he had a concealed weapon; then he hit me. It was very threatening”. It was the second time he been the victim of a hold-up.
Southwark bears the brunt
Southwark appears to have been the focus of the gang’s activities, with most incidents occurring either in the borough or nearby.
Alex Cyzy, a car repair shop manager who works opposite one of the targeted betting shops, has heard about the robberies. “I’m not worried for us, but I wouldn’t want to work in a betting shop round here, that’s for sure”.
According to Metropolitan police statistics, Southwark has the highest frequency of business robberies in London; it is currently one of only two boroughs with “considerably higher than average” rate of commercial robberies. During September and October alone, there were 37 recorded business robberies, or just over one every 48 hours. Businesses with a high cash turnover, such as betting shops, are particularly vulnerable. The borough is also one of the ten most violent areas in England and Wales, with 33 instances of violence to every 1000 residents.
Anyone with information should contact the Flying Squad at Tower Bridge on 020 7232 6530 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.