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Man charged following armed robbery in Newcastle

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A man has been charged following an investigation into an armed robbery in Newcastle last month.

About 4.45am on Wednesday 28 February, police were called to a licensed premises at the intersection of Union and Bull streets in Cooks Hill.

They were informed two men – armed with a machete and a baseball bat – forced entry to the hotel and confronted two employees, before fleeing with cash.

Officers from Newcastle City Police District attended and found a male staff member injured.

Police performed CPR until the arrival of NSW Ambulance paramedics.

The employee was reportedly assaulted by one of the armed men and suffered a medical episode.

He was taken to hospital in a serious condition, where he remains.

The second employee suffered minor injuries.

Local police established a crime scene and began inquiries under Strike Force Krichauff.

About 11.40pm on Wednesday 6 March, detectives arrested a 34-year-old man in Mayfield.

He was taken to Newcastle Police Station where he was charged with robbery while armed with an offensive weapon and reckless grievous bodily harm in company.

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