Three boys arrested after clown mask raid

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THREE teenage boys have been arrested in connection with a robbery where thieves hid their faces with balaclavas and clown masks.

The two 17-year-olds and a 14-year-old have been questioned on suspicion of robbery and attempted robbery as detectives continue with their inquiries.

The investigation was launched after a moped was stolen from outside the Black Bull pub in Old Shotton, Peterlee, between 9pm and 11pm on Wednesday.

Following that, threats were made to two people in Keswick Road in the town.

Police say they believe the suspects were then spotted near the phone box at McColls shop in Fulwell Road, before they entered the Boozebusters store in York Road and made threats towards staff.

They are also alleged to have carried out an assault on a pizza delivery driver in the area of Dunelm Walk and Wescott nursing home, which left their victim with minor injuries.

Detective Sergeant Cliff Down has renewed an appeal for help, and would like to hear from anyone who saw a silver scooter, registration NC07 ODX, being ridden in the area at the time, or has seen the vehicle since, as it remains missing.

He added: “We want to speak to people who have been out that night in the locations of Lakeland Drive, Fulwell Road, Dunelm Walk and Dunn Road, because we believe this motorcycle taken from the Black Bull has been seen in these locations.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Durham Constabulary on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.