Northumbria police are hunting for 2 men who held up a 24 hour Newcastle casino on Thursday 21st February and escaped with a large amount of casino cash.
The duo, one with a local accent, approached the G4S van which was parked outside the Grosvenor Casino on St James Boulevard in the afternoon. Wearing ski-masks and waving a shotgun they threatened the guard and got away with what has been described as a substantial sum of casino money.
The robbers escaped in a white Audi Q5 which had been stolen 2 days earlier, along with electrical equipment and jewellery, from a house in Shields Road, Bedlington. The car was found burned out soon after the robbery under Redheugh Bridge, and the two men continued their escape in a grey estate BMW 320.
Representatives of the Grosvenor casino, which is owned by the Rank Group, have so far declined to state how much money was stolen, although a spokesperson for the group did confirm that no customers or employees were hurt in the raid.
Det Insp Steve Woodhave from Northumbria’s Major Crime Team is leading the investigations and is appealing for any witnesses or people with information on the casino robbers to contact the police immediately.