Birtley knife raider steals bookies' cash


A robber armed with a knife threatened staff at a Gateshead betting shop and stole money.

Police said the man went into the Betfred bookmaker's shop in Durham Road, Birtley, on Monday evening and demanded money from staff.

He also threatened them with the weapon before taking a quantity of cash from the till, Northumbria Police said.

No-one was injured in the raid and officers are appealing for anyone with information to get in touch.

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