Police are appealing for information after a knife-point robbery at a store in South Shields.
A man armed with the weapon went into the store in Stoddart Street and threatened a member of staff at around 7am today.
The member of staff was not injured in the incident but the robber escaped with a quantity of cash.
He made off along Stanhope Road towards Vine Street and Olive Street.
He is described as 5ft 8 to 5ft 10 inches and stocky build. He was wearing a dark hooded top and sunglasses.
Extra police are in the area to carry out inquiries into the robbery and are asking anyone who was in the area this morning and saw anything to contact them.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference 173 160614 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.