Man bailed after raid

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A SUNDERLAND man has been bailed after he was questioned over a shotgun raid on a security van parked outside a Tyneside casino.

Police swooped to arrest a 44-year-old and 31-year-old at homes in Newcastle and Sunderland on Sunday.

As the pair were being questioned on suspicion of conspiracy to commit robbery, officers searched homes and business premises believed to be linked to the robbery.

The daylight heist happened outside the Grosvenor Casino on Newcastle’s St James’ Boulevard, at about 3.50pm on Thursday.

Two men, reported to be wearing ski masks, allegedly threatened a G4S security van guard before grabbing money and making their getaway in a white 4X4.

The vehicle is now known to have been stolen during a house burglary two days earlier.

Minutes later, the Audi Q5, with the registration NL61 UDX, was found burnt out under Redheugh Bridge.