MASKED raiders threatened staff with a handgun after bursting into a Washington shop in broad daylight.
Two would-be robbers went into Cash In a Flash in Elswick Road shortly after 2.30pm today and approached staff behind the counter.
One man pointed what is believed to be a handgun at the worker demanding they hand over cash.
The men were then disturbed by a second member of staff and they made off empty-handed,
One man is described as wearing a green hooded top, dark tracksuit bottoms, white trainers and white gloves. He had a scarf covering his face.
The other man was wearing a dark coloured hooded top and a mask.
Enquiries into the incident are ongoing.
Any witnesses or anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, extension 69191 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.