Man arrested in connection with Sunderland petrol station robbery

The Esso service station off Durham Road in Sunderland.
The Esso service station off Durham Road in Sunderland.

A man has been arrested in connection with a raid on a Sunderland petrol station in which cash and cigarettes were taken.

The Esso filling station on Barnes Roundabout in the city was targeted on Friday, January 6.

A man described as being armed with a ‘stun gun-type weapon’ carried out the robbery before making off from the scene.

Northumbria Police have confirmed that a man aged 35 has been arrested on suspicion of robbery in connection with the incident.

He has since been released on police bail until a later date.

A spokeswoman said: “A 35-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of robbery and released on police bail.”

A member of staff who was working at the time of the robbery and was suspended from duty is now set to return to work.

A spokesman for Euro Garages, which owns the petrol station, said: “Euro Garages have been in regular contact with our suspended site colleague.

“He has been invited to attend a welfare meeting with our site management team to discuss his return to work and any additional support that he may require to overcome this dreadful experience.

“We would like to thank Northumbria police throughout this unfortunate period.”