Gateshead bookmakers targeted by robbers

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The pair had a machete and hammer in the Swalwell robbery

Police are trying to establish whether robberies at three Gateshead bookmakers are linked.

At 1035 GMT a man armed with a metal bar demanded money from staff at Ladbrokes, in Coatsworth Road. He grabbed a small amount of cash.

On Sunday afternoon, a man armed with a pool cue threatened staff at Ladbrokes, Saltwell Road, but left with nothing.

On 26 October, a pair armed with a machete and a hammer targeted Front Street, Swalwell.

Det Ch Insp Mark Warcup of Gateshead Area Command said: "We're not ruling out the possibility that the same people are responsible for these three robberies.

"However I'm appealing for help from the public to find the people responsible.

"Thankfully, no-one has been injured, but such incidents can be very traumatic for the staff involved."

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