Latest on police hunt for South Tyneside armed robber

Police are continuing their search for an armed robber who targeted a bookmaker’s shop with a “homemade weapon”.

The incident took place at Betfred’s branch in Ellison Street, Jarrow, on Tuesday, July 9, at around 8pm.

A spokesman for Northumbria Police said: “The man was described as wearing a khaki colour top and dark trousers and was carrying what is believed to be a homemade weapon. He threatened the shopkeeper and demanded she empty the contents of the till.

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“The offender is believed to have taken a quantity of cash before making off from the scene.”

The Betfred shop where Tuesday's robbery took place.

The member of staff was unharmed and Northumbria Police confirmed on Wednesday morning that they were still searching for the robber.

A Betfred spokesman said: “The safety of our staff and customers is paramount and we are working with the police.”

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Anyone with information is asked to call 101, quoting reference 945 090719.