A BOOKKEEPERS was raided by thugs carrying imitation firearms.

Police are appealing for information following the armed robbery in Hutton, Brentwood at the William Hill bookkeepers.

The panic button of the business on Rayleigh Parade was activated just before 7.30pm on Monday.

Two men, who have both been described as white, entered the store and demanded cash from the shop assistant. One man wore a high-visibility jacket and the other wore a black hooded top.

It was reported that one of the men had what is believed to be a gun or imitation firearm.

Once the alarm had been activated, they left the store.

No one was hurt and nothing was taken.

Witnesses or anyone with information should call Brentwood CID on 101 quoting the crime reference number 42/165621/18.