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Robbery bid at bank's night safe in Livingston

Police are hunting a would-be robber who targeted a man who had deposited money in a bank's night safe.

The incident took place outside a branch of the Bank of Scotland in Almondvale, Livingston, West Lothian, at about 18:10 on Sunday.

The man had just put money in the safe when he was grabbed by a man who had been standing at a nearby taxi rank.

When the man refused to hand over any property, the attacker made off on a footpath towards the Dedridge area.

The suspect was described as white, 6ft tall and between 30 and 40 years old.

He was broad-shouldered, heavy set, with short dark hair, and was wearing a blue anorak with the hood up, a scarf over his face, dark trousers and a dark top.

A police spokesman said: "While the victim wasn't injured, he was left understandably shaken as a result of what happened, and we are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the incident to come forward.

"Likewise we would like to hear from anyone who was in the area, who may have noticed the suspect either before or after the incident took place, or who recognises his description."

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