Armed robbery on Whitburn Post Office

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POLICE are appealing for witnesses to an armed robbery at a Post Office

At 11.33am this morning, Friday, May 24, police received a report that a man armed with what is believed to be a firearm – it is not known whether real or imitation at this stage – went into Whitburn Post Office at North Guards in Whitburn.

Staff were left shocked and shaken but no-one was injured.

Police are working to establish exactly what has happened and trace the man responsible.

Ch Insp Michael Barton, South Tyneside Area Command, said: “This was obviously distressing for those in the shop but I’d like to reassure people that an active investigation is ongoing to trace the man involved.

“Officers are working to establish what happened and I’d urge anyone with information to contact police as soon as possible.

“This is an unusual offence for this area and additional patrols are taking place in the area, anyone with concerns should speak with a local officer.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.