Tyne & Wear

Young girl hurt in knife robbery

A young girl was hurt when a knife-wielding robber made his escape from a Tyneside shop.

The youngster received minor injuries when the raider fled from Oakwood General Dealers in Gateshead after demanding money from an assistant.

In CCTV footage released by Northumbria Police the robber is seen brandishing a distinctive black Kukri Gurkha knife.

As he left the shop with just a few bars of chocolate the youngster was knocked to the ground with some force.

'Traumatic experience'

The attack happened on the evening of 14 September, but police have released the footage now in the hope of tracking down the knifeman.

Det Con Jason Taylor said: "There were not many people in the shop at the time, but it was daylight and there may have been people in the area who saw this man go into the shop, and leave shortly afterwards.

"Although only a small amount of confectionary was taken and nobody was seriously injured, the offender was carrying a knife and this was a traumatic experience for the shopkeeper and the young girls who were in the shop at the time."

The suspect is described as 6ft tall and of slim build. He was wearing a dark coloured hooded top, dark coloured tight-fitting jeans and dark coloured trainers.

His face was covered with what is believed to be a dark coloured hat.

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