POLICE are appealing for information following an attempted robbery at an off licence.
It happened at 3.20pm yesterday at the Liquor Lodge, on Wenlock Road, South Shields.
A man entered the store armed with a Stanley-type knife and demanded cigarettes from a member of staff. However, the offender left empty handed after his demands were refused.
He is described as wearing dark clothing and made off from the scene on a bike in the direction of Bainbridge Avenue.
Anyone who witnessed the attempted robbery or who saw a man in dark clothing riding a bike in the area before or after is asked to contact police.
People can contact police on 101, extension 69191, quoting log number 849 23/03/14, or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.