Two men have been arrested following an armed robbery at a Northumberland store.
The duo, aged 23 and 28, were arrested on suspicion of robbery and are currently helping Northumbria Police with inquiries following the incident at the Co-Op at Hadston on Saturday night.
Two masked men are said to have entered the store in the shopping precinct at around 10pm, one armed with a gun and the other a knife.
They threatened staff before stealing a quantity of cash.
The robbers left the store on foot and ran towards the estate at the rear.
Police CID were at the store yesterday while a force van was also parked on nearby Simonside Crescent, with one resident reporting having seen a man being escorted from a flat there by officers.
Additional officers were on patrol in an effort to reassure the community, while the Co-Op was open as normal.
Gary Nichol, 47, of Hartside Crescent, Red Row, told The Journal how he saw the robbers fleeing the store while cycling past on a pizza delivery with John Shepherd at just before 10pm.
“The first one ran out in front of us.
“The second one hit my front wheel and fell.
“He got back up and ran round the corner. They both ran round that corner.
“It happened within seconds, it was that quick.
“They were all dressed in black, they had ski masks on.
“They looked young, maybes in their 20s.”
Mr Nichol saw a man who works in the store who told him it had been robbed.
Staff at the shop yesterday said they were had been told not to discuss the robbery.
Mr Shepherd’s grandparents Doreen and George Shepherd, 74 and 77, of Aged Miners Cottages – opposite the Co-Op, told how they had heard the police helicopter and had seen officers, including some in white forensic suits, outside the store up until just after midnight.
Mrs Shepherd said she was not surprised by the robbery: “I have looked for it for a long time.
“For a simple reason, there is usually about three staff in that store.
“It is an accident waiting to happen across there, especially late.
“I do not think it is right, I think they are vulnerable.
“It is open too late, they are asking for trouble.”
Witnesses are asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.