Investigation underway into armed robbery, man injured – Newcastle

An investigation is underway following an armed robbery at Newcastle earlier today, leaving a man seriously injured

About 4.45am (Wednesday 28 February 2024), police were called to a licensed premises at the intersection of Union and Bull Streets in Cooks Hill, after reports of an armed robbery.

Police have been told that two men – armed with a machete and a baseball bat – forced entry to the hotel and confronted two employees.

The armed men – described as being of Caucasian appearance, aged in their 20s and wearing masks – fled with cash.

Officers from Newcastle City Police District attended, and a man was found injured on King Street. Police performed CPR until the arrival of NSW Ambulance paramedics.

The employee was reportedly injured while attempting to flee the armed men. He was taken to John Hunter Hospital in a serious condition. The second employee was not physically injured.

Crime scenes have been established with Union Street closed between Parry and Bull Streets. Local traffic diversions are in place.

An investigation is has commenced into the incident.

As inquiries continue, any witnesses, or anyone who may have dashcam or CCTV, is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.

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