POLICE in South Tyneside have stepped up patrols following a robbery at a newsagents.
It happened at around 10am yesterday at Tyne Dock News in South Eldon Street, South Shields.
A staff member was left shaken but unhurt by the incident.
Officers are in the area carrying out inquiries and visiting newsagents to offer reassurance and crime prevention advice.
Neighbourhood Inspector, Peter Sutton, said: “This was clearly a shocking incident for the staff member and may leave other people who work in newsagents feeling slightly more fearful of being targeted.
“While the circumstances of the robbery are being investigated we want to remind businesses to make sure they keep any takings in a secure place and that not too much cash is stored in the till.
“Officers will be visiting newsagents throughout South Shields to offer reassurance and crime prevention advice and I would urge anyone who is concerned to contact the local neighbourhood policing team on 101 ext 69191.”
Inquiries into the robbery are continuing and police are continuing to ask any witnesses or anyone with information to contact them.
Anyone with information should contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference 397 29/12/13 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.