POLICE are searching for suspects in Birdwell after reports of a robbery at a local garage.

The police helicopter, several police cars and officers on foot patrol are out at the Shell Garage on Sheffield Road after a reported robbery at around 10.30am Wednesday (February 29.).

Police are investigating whether the culprits are still nearby and local residents have reported being stopped and asked for information.

A police spokesman said the investigation is still in its early stages and they are still on scene gathering information.

She added: "We want anyone who may have seen suspicious behaviour between 10.30am and 11am in this area to report it to us as soon as possible.

"We were called on to the scene very early into the investigation and have a lot of resources on the scene."

Anyone with information should call 101 as soon as possible quoting incident number 321 of 29 February 2012.