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Third man arrested after armed robbery

Dated: 28 Feb 2013

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Police investigating an armed robbery outside a Newcastle casino have arrested a third person.

At 3.50pm on Thursday, February 21, a security guard was threatened with what was described as a shotgun before stealing a large amount of cash outside Grosvenor Casino at Saint James Boulevard.

The guard was not injured and following enquiries two men, aged 44 and 31, were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit robbery on Sunday, February, 24. They have since been released on police bail.

Yesterday, Wednesday, February 27, officers arrested a 37-year-old man from the Sunderland area on suspicion of conspiracy to commit robbery. He has been bailed pending further enquiries.

In the week since the robbery took place officers have been checking CCTV footage and speaking to witnesses and people who have been in touch with information.

Today, Thursday February 28, officers from the neighbourhood policing team that covers the City Centre are visiting premises near to the scene of the crime and speaking to residents and local business.

Detective Inspector Andy Fairlamb said: "We have now arrested three people in connection with the robbery and are looking into the possibility that there may have been more people involved.

"Those responsible may have planned the incident and could have been in the area around the casino in the days, or weeks, before carrying out the robbery, checking out the location and planning what they were going to do.

"I'd urge anyone who lives, works, or perhaps passes the area regularly basis and who may have seen any suspicious people or behaviour over the last few weeks to ring us with any information they have.

"On the day the robbery took place there was a Girls Aloud concert at the Metro Arena - there were lots of people making their way there and who would have been in the area just next to the casino and who could have potentially seen something.

"It was also approaching rush hour and in that part of the city centre there would have been lots of people leaving work and driving on St James' Boulevard.

"If anyone saw anything when the robbery took place, or if they have heard anything that could help police since it happened, I'd urge them to contact us as soon as possible with any information."

Anyone with information can pass it on to officers direct by ringing 101 ext 69191 or if they prefer they can give information to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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