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Two arrested for armed robbery outside casino

February 25, 2013, 12:09 pm

Two men have been arrested in connection with a robbery outside a Newcastle casino.

On Sunday, February, 24, police arrested two men aged 44 and 31 at addresses in Newcastle and Sunderland on suspicion of conspiracy to commit robbery.

They are currently in custody helping with enquiries.

There are ongoing searches being carried out at both residential and commercial premises in connection with the robbery and subsequent arrests.

The arrests are on connection with a robbery which happened at 3.50pm on Thursday, February 21, outside Grosvenor Casino at Saint James Boulevard in the city centre.

A security guard was threatened with what was described as a shotgun before stealing a large amount of cash. The guard was not injured in the incident.

Chief Superintendent Neil Adamson said: “Since the robbery we have been working tirelessly to gather information and evidence and trace people suspected of being involved.

“This morning we carried out an operation which resulted in two arrests being made in connection with the incident and these two are in custody helping with enquiries.

“There is no place in our communities for any kind of violent or threatening behaviour, or the use of any firearm, and we’re continuing to do all we can to investigate this incident. We’re continuing to appeal for any witnesses or anyone with information about the robbery to get in touch.”

It’s believed two vehicles were used in the incident – a white Audi Q5 with the registration NL61UDX, which was found a short time later on fire in Gateshead, and a grey coloured BMW 320 estate bearing the false registration NE08 VWG.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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