Man arrested after three raids on shops

A man has been arrested in connection with three robberies in three days.

Detectives investigating two raids on One Stop Shops in the borough and on a tanning salon arrested a 43-year-old man on suspicion of robbery.

A man wearing dark clothing and a balaclava, and in possession of a knife, went into the One Stop Shop, in South View, Hazelrigg, and threatened staff at 10.20pm on Monday, January 12.

He made off with cash and cigarettes.

The man has also been arrested on suspicion of robberies at Sun Lounge on Verne Road, North Shields, at 7.45pm on Friday, January 9, and at the One Shop store on Kirton Park Terrace, North Shields at 6.43pm on Sunday, January 11.

North Tyneside Area Command Superintendent Sharon Stavers said: “There’s no place for threats or violence in our community and I’d like to reassure people that a man has been arrested in connection with three recent robberies and is helping with police enquiries.

“Spates of serious offences taking place in this area in such a short space of time is quite unusual, and we recognise the impact serious crimes like robbery have on a community.”

“We’re working closely with local businesses throughout North Tyneside to help deter such offences.

“Extra patrols continue to take place to reassure residents and keep people informed.”

Police are appealing for witnesses to the robberies to contact them on 101 ext 69191, or independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.