POLICE are appealing for witnesses after an attempted armed robbery in Southampton.

A man brandishing a gun burst into Coral bookmakers in Burgess Road, Bassett where he pointed the firearm at staff and demanded cash.

Workers however confronted the man and gave chase out of the shop and the robber made off towards the Flowers estate.

It's the second hold-up in a bookies in the area in the last two weeks.

An armed gang made off with £1,000 stuffed in a bag when a gunpoint robbery took place at BetFred in High Road Swaythling on June 30.

The man in the latest incident is believed to be around 20 years old and was wearing dark clothing and a balaclava.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police in Bitterne on 0845 045 4545.