POLICE are investigating after a report of an armed robbery at a bookmakers on Tyneside.

At about 8pm on Tuesday, July 9, Northumbria police received a report that a man had entered the Betfred on Ellison Street, Jarrow.

The man was described as wearing a khaki colour top and dark trousers and was carrying what is believed to be a homemade weapon. He threatened the shopkeeper and demanded she empty the contents of the till.

The offender is believed to have taken a quantity of cash before making off from the scene.

Officers attended the scene and enquiries were last night said to be ongoing.

The shopkeeper was unharmed during the incident and no one was else was believed to be injured.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Northumbria police on 101 quoting reference 945 090719.