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Appeal after armed robbery at Uddingston bookmakers

Police uniform
Police said the suspect covered his face with black material

Police are hunting a masked raider who held up a betting shop in Uddingston in North Lanarkshire.

The raid happened at about 1815 BST on Tuesday at the Coral bookmakers in Old Edinburgh Road.

A man threatened two members of staff with what appeared to be a firearm and fled with a four-figure sum of cash.

It is believed he escaped in a silver Audi A3 which was waiting outside, driven by a second suspect. Detectives have appealed for witnesses.

No-one was injured but the staff members were left shaken as a result of the robbery.

The suspect was described as white, male, 5ft 6ins - 5ft 8ins tall. He was wearing a grey, hooded jumper with a red top showing below, blue denims and white training shoes.

Anything suspicious

He had his hood up and his face was concealed by black material.

There is currently no description of the driver.

Det Insp John Jack, from Strathclyde Police, said: "The area would have been busy with vehicles and pedestrians at this time of the day.

"I would ask anyone who saw anything suspicious to call the police.

"I would also ask anyone who saw the car waiting, maybe obstructing them, to call."

Earlier this week, Strathclyde Police appealed for information about a raid on a petrol station in Chryston, North Lanarkshire.

The getaway care used was also believed to be a silver Audi A3.

A spokesman said: "There is currently no evidence or intelligence to suggest these robberies are linked."



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