An armed robber stole cash during a raid on a Wallsend bank.
Police attended the bank on High Street West today (Tuesday) at 10.20am following reports a man threatened staff with what is believed to be an imitation firearm.
He then made off with a cash box.
A man has been arrested and remains in police custody.
Officers are at the scene to provide reassurance and carry out enquiries.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference 312 260716 or independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.