Off-duty cops praised for foiling raid on East London bookies

TWO off duty cops have been commended today for foiling a raid on an East London bookmaker’s when they spotted these two thieves attacking the manager. They spotted the raiders holding-up the betting shop in Stratford in September and caught them

TWO off duty cops have been commended today for foiling a raid on an East London bookmaker's when they spotted these two thieves (pictured) attacking the manager.

Pc Steve Crawford and Pc Neil Beet spotted the raiders holding-up the betting shop in Stratford in September.

They had no personal protection equipment on them, but ran in to help the manager and caught the raiders after a struggle and recovered �2,200.

"The officers showed great courage," said Det Ins Euan McKeeve. "Without their actions, we would not have been able to remove two dangerous individuals off the streets."

The raiders, Desmond Daley, 49, and accomplice Kevin Lee, 39, admitted attempted robbery when they appeared at the Old Bailey on January 7 and got four-and-a-half years each behind bars.