Tyne & Wear

Armed raid at Northumberland fish and chip shop

A Northumberland fish and chip shop has been raided by an armed man with a similar description to suspected gunman Raoul Moat.

A man entered the shop in Astley Road, Seaton Delaval, near Blyth, with a gun at 2250 BST on Monday.

Moat allegedly shot his ex-girlfriend and killed her boyfriend on Saturday.

Police are not linking the raid with the hunt for Moat, but have not ruled out the possibility the two could be connected.

Clean shaven

A police hunt involving a number of forces is under way for Moat, who is described by officers as 6ft 3in tall, white, with a large muscular build and very short or shaven blond hair.

He is on the run after allegedly shooting Samantha Stobbart, 22, and killing Chris Brown, 29, in Birtley, Gateshead.

A police officer was also shot in his patrol car in Newcastle on Sunday.

The man involved in the raid in Seaton Delaval is described as a 6ft tall white man, clean shaven, aged about 35 with a "muscular build" and "short sandy-coloured hair".

He was wearing jeans and a dark-coloured T-shirt.

He escaped on foot after demanding cash from members of staff.

Police have not given any indication of how much money was taken.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said: "Inquiries are at a very early stage - we don't know who the offender is."

No vehicle was seen at the scene of the robbery and no weapon has been recovered, police said.

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