Local reports suggest a member of staff has been threatened with a hammer during an armed robbery at the Gillys Amusements at Berwick Hills Shops in Middlesbrough.

Although it has not been verified, it is strongly believed an armed robbery has occurred within the Amusements.

Police Hour understands that no one has been hurt within the incident, although staff members are in shock following the incident.

The area is currently taped off, with a large number of Police Officers on the outer cordon of the incident.

Scene’s of Crime Officers have not yet arrived.

The police helicopter remains in the area and ground units are conducting a local area search.