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Armed raiders assault man in his home

Two men have entered a house and threatened the people with a handgun and hammer. The men, dressed in high vis jackets and hooded tops, went in through an unlocked door at the house in Sunniside, Gateshead, at 6.30pm yesterday.

They threatened the occupants and assaulted one of them, demanding money. The man was taken to hospital but wasn't seriously injured. The robbers stole cash and personal items, one was carrying what was believed to be a handgun, the other was armed with a hammer.

Incidents of this kind are very unusual in Northumbria and I would like to reassure people that an investigation is underway to identify the people responsible.

The occupant of the house was not seriously injured but this was very frightening for those involved. We are carrying out extensive inquiries and I'd urge anyone with any information about this incident or which might identity of the people responsible to get in touch.

We have extra officers in the area carrying out inquiries and providing reassurance and anyone who has any concerns can app our officers or contact police on 101.

– Detective Inspector Paul Woods, Northumbria Police