Armed robbery in Co Durham

Police are appealing for witnesses after an armed robbery at a cashpoint in Chester-le-Street

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Appeal after Chester-le-Street robbery

Police are appealing for information after an armed robbery in Chester-le-Street.

Detective Chief Inspector Victoria Fuller, from Durham Police, said:

"I would like to appeal for anyone who was in the area mentioned between 1pm and 3pm yesterday and saw or heard anything suspicious to come forward. We are particularly interested in hearing from anyone who was in the vicinity of Morningside Court at around 2:30 yesterday afternoon.

"This was clearly a very distressing experience for the security guards involved and a five figure sum of money has been taken. With this in mind I would urge people to think carefully about anything suspicious they may have seen.

"I would like to reassure people that an investigation team are working hard and pursuing a number of lines of enquiry to apprehend those responsible. Anyone with any information should contact police immediately."

– Det Ch Insp Victoria Fuller, Durham Police

Anyone with information can contact Durham Police on 101.

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Police appeal after armed robbery

Police are appealing for information after an armed robbery in Chester-le-Street.

The incident happened when two security guards were delivering money to a cashpoint opposite a supermarket on North Burns in the town centre at around 2:30pm on Sunday. A man appeared from nearby bushes and assaulted one of the security guards, before fleeing the scene with a large sum of cash.

A member of the public gave chase and was confronted by the offender, and another man and threatened with a firearm.

One of the men is described as being 5ft 5 inches tall, of stocky build and wearing a blue or green coat. The other is described as being 6ft tall and of medium build.

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