Two knife raids on Sunderland shops in 15 minutes

The Post Office in Railway Terrace, Sunderland.
The Post Office in Railway Terrace, Sunderland.
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Police are hunting an armed robber after he attempted two Sunderland shop raids in the space of 15 minutes.

At just after 4pm today, police received a report of an attempted robbery at Hylton Post Office and Costcutters, in Railway Terrace, South Hylton.

A man approached the counter, armed with a kitchen knife, and demanded cash from staff.

He made off empty handed leaving staff shaken but unharmed.

The man then left the store in a small blue car in the direction of Pennywell.

At 4.15pm, police received a further report of an attempted robbery at William Hill, in Hylton Road, Millfield, near to the Willow Pond pub.

The offender again demanded money from the counter while holding a knife.

When refused cash he left the store.

Staff were also left shaken but unharmed as a result of the incident.

The offender, believed to be responsible for both offences, is described as a white man, approximately 5ft 11ins tall, aged 30 to 35 years, heavy build with dark hair and unshaven.

Detective Inspector Dave English said: “We’re appealing for witnesses to come forward, anyone who was in the area when either incident occurred is asked to contact police.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101.

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