Police quiz man after bakery robbery

Police at the Powlett Road Greggs shop
Police at the Powlett Road Greggs shop

STAFF were left shaken after a daylight knifepoint robbery at a popular bakers.

Greggs, on the roundabout at Easington Road and Powlett Road, in Hartlepool, was targeted by a raider yesterday afternoon.

Police were called after reports a man had entered the store brandishing a knife, demanding staff open the till and hand over money.

The suspect then fled the shop.

Officers investigating the case confirmed a quantity of cash was stolen.

A 24-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of robbery and has been released on bail without charge.

The incident happened at around 3.10pm yesterday.

A police van was parked outside and a sign on the door of the store informed customers the store was temporarily closed yesterday afternoon while officers carried out their investigations.

Inspector Darren Birkett, of Cleveland Police, said: “It must have been a terrifying experience for the staff inside the store at the time.

“Thankfully these type of incidents are extremely rare, especially in broad daylight.”

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Hartlepool Police on the non-emergency 101 number or independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.