Armed robbery in Newcastle

Northumbria Police investigate an armed robbery in Newcastle city centre.

Armed robbery: arrests made

Two men have been arrested in connection with a robbery outside a Newcastle casino. It happened at 3.50pm on Thursday February 21st at the Grosvenor Casino on Saint James Boulevard.

The 44 year old and 31 year old men were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit robbery and are helping police with their enquiries.

Appeal to trace second vehicle linked to armed robbery

Police have released the details of a second vehicle they are trying trace in connection with an armed robbery that happened in Newcastle yesterday afternoon.

Two men fled the scene of the armed robbery outside Grosvenor Casino on Saint James Boulevard in a white coloured 4x4, which was found a short time later on fire in Gateshead.

Police has revealed that the white Audi Q5 - with the registration NL61 UDX - had been stolen during a previous burglary in Bedlington on Tuesday 19 February.

The two men are then thought to have left the Gateshead area in a second vehicle - believed to be a grey-coloured BMW 320 estate bearing the false registration NE08 VWG.

Anyone with information about the location of the car is asked to contact police at once on 101 or call Crimestoppers.

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Armed raid in Newcastle: police update

Police are continuing to investigate after two men reportedly used a shotgun to threaten a security guard outside the Grosvenor Casino in Newcastle.

The pair stole a large sum of money and fled the scene.

The incident happened at around 3.50pm on Thursday February 21 outside the casino on Saint James Boulevard.

The men escaped in a while 4x4 which was discovered on fire a short time later in Gateshead.

The vehicle was an Audi Q5, registration NL61 UDX, that was stolen in Bedlington on 19th February.

Both men were said to have had their faces covered with ski masks that were either dark blue or black. One was taller than the other and one spoke with a local accent.

Anyone with information should contact Northumbria Police or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

"While no-one was assaulted or injured during the incident it was obviously distressing for the guard and we are doing all we can to trace the two men involved. "One focus of our enquiries is the white Audi Q5 vehicle, and we are keen to hear from anyone who has seen this since it was stolen on Tuesday, including the lead up to the robbery taking place on Thursday afternoon. "We believe the offenders then left the area where the vehicle was burnt out in a second vehicle."

– Detective Inspector Steve Wouldhave

Appeal after armed robbery in Newcastle city centre

Redheugh Bridge
A 4x4 was later discovered by police underneath the Redheugh Bridge. Credit: ITV News

Northumbria Police are investigating an armed robbery in Newcastle city centre.

At around 4pm on Thursday 21st February, police received a report that two men had approached a security van guard on Saint James Boulevard and threatened him with what was described as a shotgun before stealing a large amount of cash.

Police say the two men then fled the scene in a white coloured 4x4 which was found a short time later on fire underneath the Redheugh Bridge in Gateshead.Northumbria Police are appealing for anyone with information to contact them.