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Witness appeal after post office armed robbery

Police are appealing for witnesses after two men carried out an armed robbery at a village post office in County Durham.

The incident happened shortly after 5.30pm on Tuesday 25th March as the postmaster was beginning to close down the premises on Front Street in Cockfield near West Auckland.

Two men with scarves covering the lower part of their faces entered the post office and one of them brandished what appeared to be a handgun at the 60-year-old postmaster.

They threatened him and made him open the safe at the rear of the building.

The robbers forced the postmaster to hand over a substantial sum of cash before leaving.

It is not known if they had a getaway vehicle.Their victim was shocked but unhurt.

No-one else was inside the post office at the time of the raid.

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CCTV still of robbery suspect

Police have released an image of a man they want to speak to in connection with a robbery at a Post Office on Tyneside. Officers were called to a branch in the Gosforth area of Newcastle at just before 9am on Friday after reports a man had stolen cash and tied up a female member of staff.

Police want to speak to this man Credit: Northumbria Police

The man is described as being white, more than six feet tall, medium build and wearing a blue or purple hooded top. He was seen in Gosforth Central Park, close to the scene of the robbery near the High Street, at around 8am.

Woman tied up during robbery

Police on scene of robbery Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Police in Newcastle are appealing for information after a woman was left tied up after a robbery in a Post Office.

A woman was tied up during the robbery Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The alarm at the Post Office in the Gosforth Centre, High Street, at 8.47 am this morning (Friday, February 21).

The alarm was triggered at 8.47 am Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

When officers they arrived they found that the shop had been robbed and that a female member of staff had been tied up.

She was left shaken by the incident and with minor injuries.

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Police appeal after post office robbery

Police are investigating a robbery at Whitburn Post Office. Credit: ITV news

Police investigating a robbery in South Tyneside believe the suspect made off in a vehicle driven by a second man.

Officers received a report at around 11.30am that a man armed with what is believed to be a firearm went into Whitburn Post Office at North Guards in Whitburn.

It's not known whether it was real or imitation at this stage.

He made off with a mobile phone, leaving staff unhurt but shaken.

It's believed the suspect got into a small black car outside the Post Office, driven by a second man, which drove off along North Guards towards Cleadon Lane.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Police office robbery in South Tyneside

Police are appealing for witnesses after a robbery at Whitburn Post Office in South Tyneside.

Officers were called at around 11.30am to reports that a man was armed with what is believed to be a firearm at the shop at North Guards.

It's not known whether it was real or imitation at this stage.

There were no injuries but staff were left shaken by the incident.

Ch Insp Michael Barton, South Tyneside Area Command, said: "This was obviously distressing for those in the shop but I'd like to reassure people that an active investigation is ongoing to trace the man involved."

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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