Bedlington man ‘demanded cash’ and ‘threatened staff’ in double Ashington robbery attempt

Station Road, Ashington. Courtesy of Google Maps.Station Road, Ashington. Courtesy of Google Maps.
Station Road, Ashington. Courtesy of Google Maps. | Google Maps
Bedlington man charged with robbery after Ashington incidents.

A man has been charged with robbery after a post office and bank were targeted in Ashington.

Shortly after 2pm on Wednesday, police received a report of two robberies in the Station Road area.

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It was reported that a male had entered the post office and demanded staff give him money from the till. However, when staff raised the alarm the offender fled empty handed from the scene.

It is then believed the male has entered the Halifax branch on the same street and threatened staff before making off with a quantity of cash. Thankfully no one was injured in either incident.

An investigation was launched into the incident and a man was arrested in connection with both incidents.

James McPhail, 39, of Seaton Avenue, Bedlington, has now been charged with robbery and attempted robbery. He is due to appear before magistrates in Newcastle today (Saturday).

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Detective Inspector Sally-Ann Pallace, of Northumbria Police, said: “I want to thank the officers who did a fantastic job in locating the suspect and bringing him into custody and the detectives who worked tirelessly to secure a charge against the suspect.

“We are committed to bringing effective justice against anybody who looks to undermine the fabric of our communities, in order to ensure this region remains a safe place to live, work and visit.”

A 41-year-old woman has also been arrested in connection with the incidents. She has since been released under investigation with enquiries ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police by using the ‘Tell Us Something’ page on our website quoting log NP-20220126-0540.