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”.

Wednesday, 10th July 2019, 3:13 pm

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.

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

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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.”

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