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8 July 2013, 05:45
Staff at a convenience store in Wallsend have been threatened by a man in a balaclava with an imitation hand gun.
Police were called at around 11pm on Saturday July 6th.
A man wearing a balaclava walked into a store on the Coast Road and threatened staff with what is believed to be an imitation hand gun.
No one was injured during the incident but the staff were left shaken by the ordeal.
The offender made off with a sum of money in the direction of Station Road.
He is described as being 6ft tall, slim build, 25-30 years-old and spoke with a local accent.
He was wearing a think grey jacket, blue jeans, black trainers and woolly gloves.
Supt Steve Howes said:
"Our officers are working to catch the person responsible and extra officers are on patrol in the area to provide reassurance to the community.
I ask anyone who may have been in the area at the time, has any information about the incident or recognises the description of this man to contact police."
Anyone with information can contact police on 101 ext 69191 or independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.