Six arrested in robbery probe

Firearms police swooped on a house in Northumberland yesterday as a sixth person was arrested in connection with a spate of armed robberies across Tyneside.

Firearms police swooped on a house in Northumberland yesterday as a sixth person was arrested in connection with a spate of armed robberies across Tyneside.

Officers from Newcastle Area Command and the Firearms Unit carried out a pre-planned operation at a house on Broomhill Street in Amble as they continue their investigation into six robberies.

Police cars sealed off both ends of the road, while plain-clothed and uniformed officers arrested a 20-year-old man at about 2pm.

The operation comes days after police raids during which four men and one woman were arrested in connection with the series of armed robberies, between May 29 and September 12.

A man was arrested at a property on Dunstanburgh Road in Walker, Newcastle, after armed police surrounded the building last Thursday.

On Friday, the police operation continued in Kenton when four men, aged 22 to 34, were arrested, as well as a 28-year-old woman. Two of those people are still being questioned, while the rest have been released on bail. The man arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit burglary in yesterday's swoop in Amble was last night being questioned at Newcastle's Etal Lane police station.

Newcastle area command's Supt Graham Smith, who is heading the investigation, said: "This was a pre-planned, controlled firearms operation.

"No shots were fired, no-one was injured and there was no risk to any members of the public at any time.

"Today's arrest and our continuing inquiries into these robberies demonstrates Northumbria Police's commitment to total policing, through which we are able to deal with low-level, local crime and can also provide an effective response to armed criminality."

One of the police operations was just yards from the latest robbery.

Last Tuesday Welbeck Road Post Office in Walker was targeted by a masked man.

The premises are just yards from Dunstanburgh Road which was sealed off during Thursday's siege.

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