Appeal after robbery in Sunderland

03 Sep 2017 16:00 PM

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Police are appealing for information after a robbery at a shop in Sunderland.

At around 2.15pm this afternoon (Sunday) police received a report that a man had entered the Simply Food and Drink shop on Newcastle Road in the city.

The man, who was wearing a balaclava, threatened a female employee with what appeared to be a firearm and demanded they hand over money from the till.

The male grabbed a small quantity of cash before he left the store and made off on a bicycle.  

The woman was the only person in the shop at the time and was not injured. She was however left extremely upset by the incident.

Enquiries to locate the man are ongoing and there is a heavy police presence in the area surrounding the shop this afternoon.

Anyone who saw the man - who was wearing all black and spoke with a local accent - in the area around the time of the incident should contact police straight away.

Extra patrols will be in the area to reassure local people and if you have information that may help the investigation you can speak to those officers or dial 999 quoting log 609 03/09/17.

You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.