Police are appealing for public assistance after an armed robbery in the Hunter region on Sunday Night

About 8.45pm (Sunday 8 March 2020), a man entered a fast food restaurant on Lawes Street, East Maitland, armed with a baseball bat.

The man threatened an employee before he fled the scene with a sum of cash in an easterly direction along Lawes Street before disappearing with the cash.

Officers attached to Port Stephens-Hunter Police District attended a short time later and established a crime scene.

The man was last seen wearing dark coloured clothing with his face covered.