Appeal after two armed raids in a matter of hours

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Two shops were targeted by armed robbers in the space of a few hours.

Police are appealing for information following two attempted robberies in Wallsend.

A man entered Michael’s shop, in Churchill Street, at 7.37pm on Monday, September 21.

He demanded money before threatening staff with a knife and making off empty handed.

He is described as being 5ft 9 inches tall and of slim build. He had clothing pulled up to conceal his face.

The second happened at 9.34pm on the same day at Hyare News, Park Road, when an offender attempted to steal money from the till.

He threatened staff with a knife before making off. He is described as being a white man aged in his 20s and of medium build.

The staff at both stores were left shaken by the incidents but were not injured.

Superintendent Mick Paterson said: “Enquiries into both robberies are ongoing but at this stage we do not believe they are linked.

“We are keen to hear from anyone who may have been in Churchill Street or Park Road at the time of the robberies as you may have information to help.

“Extra officers are in the area carrying out enquiries, speaking with people and offering reassurance. Anyone who has concerns is encouraged to speak with an officer.”

Anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area at the time of the incidents is asked to contact police on 101 extension 69191 quoting reference number 968 21/09/15 or independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.