Police confirm that a ‘quantity of cash’ was stolen from Jesmond Sainsbury’s

It happened at 7.15 last night

Northumbria Police have confirmed reports of a cash robbery of the Sainsbury’s Local supermarket opposite West Jesmond Metro station on Tuesday evening (21st February).

In a statement, Northumbria Police said: “a man entered the store at around 7:15pm and demanded that the staff hand over cash. He then fled the store in the direction of Lyndhurst Avenue with a quantity of cash. Nobody was injured.”

Police were called at 7:25pm and by 8:45pm, two Police cars remained outside the store while Sainsbury’s staff turned customers away for reasons of an ‘incident’.

A Sainsbury’s spokesperson told The Tab: “We can confirm there was an incident at our Newcastle Jesmond Station Local. Thankfully no customers or colleagues were harmed. We will help the police investigation in any way we can.”

The suspect is described as white, around 6ft2in tall, of skinny build and wearing glasses. He was wearing dark clothing and a dark hat.

Police enquiries into the incident are ongoing and extra patrols are being carried out in the area to reassure any concerned members of the public.

Last updated: 22nd February, 12:30

Anyone who saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area at the time, or has any information that may help police, should contact officers on 101 quoting log 974 21/02/17 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.