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Northumbria Police has launched an investigation after staff at a petrol station in South Shields were threatened with a weapon during a robbery.

The raid took place shortly before 11am on Thursday December 17 when a man carrying a bladed weapon entered the Jet petrol station on King George Road and threatened staff before fleeing with a large black cash box containing a quantity of money.

Police confirmed that no one was hurt but the staff were “understandably left shaken”.

A police spokesman said: “Detectives are carrying out a number of lines of enquiry in a bid to make sure the person behind this appalling robbery is apprehended and brought to justice.

“It was a terrifying ordeal for the staff and we will continue to offer them any support they need.

“We want anyone who believes they know who was involved, or saw anything in the area at the time, to come forward.

“Please also check any dashcam footage or CCTV systems and get in touch if you spot anything of interest or have information that can assist our investigation.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police via the Tell Us Something page of their website or by calling 101 quoting log 255 171220.