Detectives appeal for information after newsagent robbery

13 Apr 2018 13:30 PM

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Detectives hunting a robber in Gateshead are appealing for information after cash was stolen from a newsagent.

Between 05.30 and 06.00am yesterday morning (Thursday, April 12), an offender made away with a substantial amount of money from Martin’s newsagents, on Fewster Street, in the Leam Lane area.

Shortly after opening up, a worker was set upon by a thief who demanded the shop’s safe to be opened and cash handed over. He then fled with the money.

The staff member was uninjured but was left shaken by the attack.

Witnesses say the man in question is around 5’4 tall, of slim build and was wearing a dark hoody with a beanie-style hat.

Enquiries to identify the man involved are ongoing and detectives are now appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

It has been suggested that the offender may have headed towards the nearby Coverdale or Hartburn estate following the incident.

Detective Constable Matthew Murray said: “Our investigation is ongoing and our priority is to establish the movement of the offender involved in this incident.

“We want anyone who may have seen people anybody acting suspiciously in the area around the time of the incident to get in touch.”

Anyone with information can call police on 101 quoting reference number 126/ 120418 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.