A Swindon betting shop worker was left 'traumatised' after armed robbers threatened her with a knife and made off with around £1,000 in cash.

At around 4.30pm on Saturday (December 2), two men wearing masks and carrying a blade raided Betfred on West Swindon District Centre and fled the scene with the money in a green carrier bag.

Mariza Noronha, 29, an employee at the betting shop was told about the ordeal by her co-worker, who was on duty at the time and had been left “traumatised” by the incident.

Mariza said one of the men stayed at the door of shop as a lookout while the other headed straight to the till and threatened the cashier with a knife.

She says were two customers in the shop at the time of the incident.

The cashier pressed the panic button as the man with the knife jumped over and took money from the till. Mariza says there was approximately £1,000 in the till at the time as the gambling machines had just been emptied. It was due to be taken to a safe.

Mariza said of her colleague: “She has been traumatised as she believed that she would not see tomorrow.

“It happened really quickly.”

Wiltshire Police have now launched an investigation.

A spokesperson said: "You may see an increased police presence in the area while we investigate what happened."

Anybody who can help police with their enquiries should ring 101 and quote log number 205 for Saturday, December 2.