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Appeal after armed robbery in Sunderland

16 Jan 2017 20:00 PM

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UPDATE: 5.35am - Tuesday, January 17

Police investigating the attempted armed robbery in Sunderland have this morning arrested two men - aged 46 and 31 - in connection with the incident.

Officers had been carrrying out enquiries throughout the evening before making the arrests in a pre-planned operation at an address on Garfield Street in the Pallion area of Sunderland.

One of the men has been taken to hospital for treatment to an injury believed to have been sustained during the attempted robbery.

Enquiries into the robbery will continue today and anyone with information is encouraged to contact police on 101 quoting log 768 16/01/17.

8.30pm - Monday, January 16

Police have attended a Post Office in Sunderland after an attempted armed robbery in Sunderland.

At around 4.50pm this evening (Monday) police received a report that two men - one carrying a firearm - had entered the Post Office on Hylton Road.

They approached the counter and demanded the male staff member hand over cash. He refused and one of the men discharged the firearm before fleeing the store empty handed.

Thankfully nobody was injured during the incident but the staff member was understandably distressed.

Extra patrols are currently being carried out in the area to carry out enquiries and reassure any concerned members of the public. A section of Hylton Road is also currently closed.

Officers are now appealing for anyone who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously in the area around the time of the robbery to get in touch.

The first man is described as white, around 5ft 10in tall, of stocky build and aged in his early 20s. He was wearing a grey hooded jacket with a white hood and dark tracksuit bottoms.

The second man was white, around 5ft 11in tall, aged in his early to mid 20s. He was wearing a beige hoody covering his head and face and light tracksuit bottoms.

It is believed the men may have fled the area in a silver Vauxhall Vectra vehicle in the direction of Pennywell.

Anyone who saw the men in the area at the time, or has information that could help police, should contact officers on 101 quoting log 768 16/01/17.