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Adults with children tied up in house robbery in Barrhead

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Image caption Raiders forced their way into the home shortly before 13:00 on Monday

Police are hunting two armed men who tied up five adults in the presence of three young children during a house robbery in Barrhead, East Renfrewshire.

The men, who were carrying knives, forced their way into the property in Hillside Road at 12:50 on Thursday.

After restraining the three women and two men, they searched the house before stealing a four-figure sum of cash.

The adults and the children - who are aged two, three and five - were not injured but were left extremely shaken.

The first suspect was described as white, with a Scottish accent, in his late 40s, of stocky build, clean shaven and with glasses.

'Terrifying experience'

The second suspect was described as white, with a Scottish accent, in his mid 30s, of slim build, with facial stubble and dark hair.

Image caption Officers said they did not believe it had been a random attack

The men were wearing black woolly hats, black bulky coats, fluorescent vests, heavy black trousers, heavy black workboots and black gloves.

Det Insp Ian Hylands, of Police Scotland, said: "This was a terrifying experience for the family concerned.

"Thankfully the occupants of the house were not seriously injured. However, it is imperative that we trace the two individuals responsible."

He said police did not believe that it was a random attack.

"However, I'd like to appeal to the local community to come forward with any information they have," he said.

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