Robber in an Ali G mask holds up Sunderland petrol station

The man who robbed the BP garage was wearing an Ali G mask.
The man who robbed the BP garage was wearing an Ali G mask.
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Police are hunting a crook in an Ali G mask who robbed a Sunderland petrol station.

The man went into the BP petrol station in Pennywell at around midnight last night and demanded staff hand over cash from the till.

He was white, of medium build, with short, shaven blonde hair, and wearing an Ali G mask, a red skull cap, a black bomber jacket, blue top and blue jeans.

A cashier handed over a small amount of cash before the offender ran off towards the A19. The staff member was not injured in the incident but was left shaken and distressed.

Anyone with any information should contact police on 101 extension 69191 quoting reference number 4 310715 or independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.