Police have released a picture of a note handed to staff at a building society during a robbery, threatening to shoot.
It says: "Keep calm or I'll use my gun on you. Keep both arms visible. Don't panic. 1 hand grab the money on cash drawer and pass to me. Very easy. Don't push alarm or will shoot you."
The man left the Nationwide in Wallsend with some cash. Police said it caused great distress to staff although no one was injured.