The North Terrace, located on Claremont Terrace close to the Medical School and Marris House, reported a break-in by thieves in the evening of Sunday 16 February. Two armed men who wore masks threatened a staff member stole cash.
In the early hours of Monday 24 February, a similar incident was reported at the Cosy Dove pub on Hunters Road in Spital Tongues, close to Castle Leazes, where intruders tried to force entry. Because the pub was closed the intruders fled without getting access.
Less than 24 hours later, two masked men entered the Trent House on Leazes Lane while a staff member was closing up the pub. The men threatened the staff members with weapons, though they did not injure them, and stole cash.
In light of the three incidents, police in both CID and the Newcastle City Centre Neighbourhood Policing Team began an investigation and have this week identified two suspects aged 44 and 28 who have been arrested and charged with three counts of robbery and one count of possession of an offensive weapon. The younger suspect was also charged with burglary.
Detective Sergeant Dave Lever, of Northumbria Police, said:
“We know that these incidents have caused some concern among licenced premises in Newcastle.
“We hope these arrests, and our swift response, can offer some reassurance to the victims of these raids and other licenced premises.
“Despite the charges our investigation will continue and we still need any witnesses, or anyone with information, to get in touch with police.
“We are also keen to speak to anyone who may have seen a black Honda Civic in the area of the raids around the time of the offences in question.”