A shop worker was left shaken after two women entered a store and allegedly threatened them with a knife before fleeing the scene with alcohol and cigarettes last night (Tuesday, February 20).

Police were called to the incident at the Viewley Centre in Hemlington, Middlesbrough, shortly after 10.15pm. 

After viewing CCTV officers arrested two women, who are helping police with their inquiries.

A Cleveland Police spokesperson said: "At approximately 10.15pm on Tuesday, February 20 two women entered a shop on The Viewley Centre and while armed with a knife threatened a member of staff to open the till.

"When refused, the pair then stole alcohol and cigarettes from the store before fleeing.

"After conducting CCTV enquiries police located two women, aged 41 and 46, and they were both arrested on suspicion of robbery."

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T/Detective Sergeant Andy Sinclair, of CID, added: “Thankfully the member of staff was unharmed but understandably left shaken by what had happened.

“After officers swiftly attended to the store and reviewed CCTV we were able to identify the suspects and apprehend them.

“They are both currently in custody waiting to be questioned.”