Cheryl Cole's brother Andrew Tweedy was arrested following an armed robbery, it has been revealed.
The unemployed 29-year-old was among nine people held following a raid on a post office in Longbenton, North Tyneside, on Monday, during which two men held up the premises with a gun and a machete.
Northumbria Police said they could not reveal the identity of the arrested people but a source confirmed that Tweedy, a convicted criminal, was one of those being held for questioning. The force said three men and a woman remained in custody while five other men had been released on police bail.
The raiders struck at the Hailsham Avenue Post Office at around 4pm and escaped with the shop takings.
Tweedy has described himself in the past as “the black sheep” of his close-knit family.
His sister, who has become a national treasure, said in an interview last year that she hoped fatherhood would help her older brother change his ways.
“I haven't actually spoken to him for a while, but he's got a baby and I'm hoping that will be his turning point,” she said.