Cash van robbers have fled with tens of thousands of pounds after holding up security workers across Tyneside.
Police are hunting a trio of masked raiders who attacked a guard in a car park in South Tyneside on Thursday 26th July.
The balaclava-clad gang threatened the man with a sledgehammer outside a fast food restaurant at the Whitemare Pool roundabout, near Wardley, before fleeing with thousands of pounds.
It is the latest in a series of violent cash-in-transit robberies in which security guards have been targeted as they transport money or load or unload ATM machines.
And police have pledged to do all they can to protect those employed to carry cash around Tyneside.
Det Insp Dave Swinburne of Northumbria Police warned robbers that officers try to accompany as many security vehicles as possible, and that police were working to ensure they are not easy targets.
“Where possible we aim to have uniformed and non-uniformed officers accompanying security vehicles transporting valuables and cash.
“We work with our partners in the security industry to make sure that security vans are not seen as an easy target,” he said.
“We also work with local businesses, commercial premises, Post Offices, banks and building societies to help reduce the opportunities of criminals targeting them.”