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Armed robbery at Blaydon supermarket

Police are appealing for witnesses after an armed robbery at a Gateshead supermarket.

It happened at around 8.15 this morning (Wednesday 17 December) at the Morrisons supermarket in The Precinct in Blaydon. It is thought that two men stole a cash box from a security guard driver outside an ATM machine. One of the men was armed with a handgun, the other with a cosh.

One of the men was wearing high visibility trousers and a woollen hat. The second was wearing a dark-coloured balaclava and a light-coloured top.

No one was injured during the robbery but staff were shocked.

Police are asking for members of the public to contact them with relevant information. Witnesses can contact Northumbria Police by calling 101.

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Man in hospital after Blaydon collision

A man suffered serious injuries after a collision involving two cars in Blaydon. At 3pm on 12th April, two cars collided on the A695 westbound approach to the Stargate roundabout.

A 53-year-old driver is now stable in the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle. A second driver was treated for minor injuries. Police are appealing for witnesses.

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Traders fear new retail development will affect business

Traders in Blaydon shopping centre in Gateshead say customers are being put off by a nearby retail development.

Work has just begun for a new supermarket next to the precinct. In the short term, it means restricted parking and when complete, new charges will be introduced.

Shop owners say they are not against the development, but fear the disruption will affect business.

"The footfall has dropped which is causing a big cost to the retailers"

Traders in the Blaydon shopping centre in Gateshead say that customers are being frightened off by a nearby retail development.

Work has just begun on a new supermarket to be built next to the precinct.

In the short term, the new development will mean restricted parking and when complete new charges are expected to be introduced.

Shop owners like Deepak Sharma say that they are not against the development per se, but that they fear the disruption is affecting business.

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