Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Gang May Have Struck Before

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Gang May Have Struck Before

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A GANG of "extremely dangerous" armed robbers could be responsible for a number of raids across the North East.

Police hunting robbers who threatened a security guard with a knife in a daylight cash machine robbery in Durham believe the same gang could have executed raids in Newcastle, North Shields and Teesside.

The gang got away with pounds 70,000 from the busy filling station at Carrville, just off the A1 motorway in Durham, last Monday.

Police are now looking at similarities to a raid at Jesmond, Newcastle, three months ago and a botched robbery at a bank in North Shields in January.

In Jesmond two raiders hit a security guard over the head with a baton before grabbing the cash when he stopped outside the busy Tesco Metro store in Acorn Road, to put money into the cash dispenser.

The robbers escaped in a silver Land Rover Discovery driven by a third member of the gang.

Last Monday a guard had a knife pressed to his throat by masked raiders as he and a colleague loaded the filling station cashpoint with tens of thousands of pounds. …

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