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Armed robbery in Newcastle

Police are investigating an armed robbery in Newcastle that happened just before four o'clock this afternoon.

Officers received a report that two men had approached a security van guard on Saint James Boulevard and then threatened him with what was described as a shotgun before stealing a large amount of cash.

The two men then fled the scene in a white coloured 4x4 which was found a short time later on fire in Gateshead.

Anyone who saw anything or who has any information is being asked to contact police on the 101 non-emergency number.