ARMED police swooped on a village high street following a robbery.
Officers were called to Woods Terrace in Murton at 1.40pm today following the report of a theft.
One man has been arrested and remains in custody.
Police, including an armed response team at one stage, remained in the street for several hours after the attack, which happened in the section of Woods Terrace which is only open to buses.
Anyone with information which could help with the investigation are asked to contact Durham Constabulary on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 111 555.