Appeal after armed robbery in Newcastle

17 May 2016 19:00 PM

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Police are appealing for witnesses following an armed robbery in Newcastle.

It happened at Annie's Deli, behind the convienience store at Raby Cross at 1.40pm this afternoon (Tuesday, May 17).

A man entered the store and produced what is believed to be a gun and demanded cash from staff before making off empty handed.

The offender is described as a white man, six feet tall, wearing a grey coloured hoody with a scarf covering his face. He spoke with a local accent.

No one was injured during the incident but staff members were left shocked.

Police are appealing for witnesses and anyone who was in the area and who may have seen or heard anything suspicious is asked to contact police.

Detective Inspector, Gillian Beecroft, said: "We have officers in the area carrying out enquiries and speaking with people to offer reassurance.

"Anyone who may have been in the area at the time of the incident and have any information to help should contact police."

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting log number 0531 17/05/16 or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.