POLICE swooped on a Hartlepool neighbourhood after a man tried to rob a post office.
The would-be robber went into Middleton Road Post Office, in Raby Road, Hartlepool, just before 2pm yesterday and threatened staff but fled empty-handed.
Large number of police quickly descended on the Mill House area and after a search of the area arrested a man in connection with the crime in nearby Belk Street.
Police inquiries continued in the area for several hours afterwards and included the use of a sniffer dog while the force helicopter hovered overhead.
A Cleveland Police spokesman said: “Police were called to reports of an attempted robbery at a Hartlepool post office at around 1.50pm.
“A man entered the store and threatened staff before fleeing. Police conducted a local area search.
“A man was stopped on Belk Street at around 2.20pm and arrested in connection with the incident.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.