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Motorbike raiders target Saltcoats travel agents

Two robbers wearing crash helmets have carried out an armed raid at a travel agents in Ayrshire.

It happened at about 16:55 on Friday at the Thomas Cook branch in Dockhead Street in Saltcoats.

The men threatened staff with what appeared to be a firearm then made off on a motorbike with a five-figure sum of cash.

Shop staff were not injured but left in a distressed state. Police have appealed for witnesses to come forward.

Det Sgt Bert Graystone from Strathclyde Police said: "The town centre was very busy at this time of day and I'm sure that several people would have seen the two suspects going into the shop or making good their escape afterwards.

"I'd like to speak to anyone that has information as to the identity of those responsible for this robbery."

Knife raid

In a separate incident police in Renfrewshire have appealed for information after two men armed with a firearm and a knife raided a shop in Johnstone.

They entered the Keystore in Graham Street at about 21:45 on Friday and threatened the 20-year-old shop keeper and two assistants.

The pair, who were wearing hooded tops, baseball hats and had their faces covered, escaped with a three-figure sum of cash and made off in an unknown direction.

Det Sgt Michael Carr of Paisley CID said: "I'd like to speak to anyone who may have seen the suspects hanging around the area prior to the robbery taking place or anyone who saw them leaving the shop afterwards."

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