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Armed robber fires shot and forces staff into a van during a failed raid

Southcroft Road Image copyright Google
Image caption The attempted robbery took place at a unit in Southcroft Road, Rutherglen

A masked man forced staff to get into a van at gunpoint during a failed robbery in South Lanarkshire.

Police said he entered the Kwik Keg factory unit on Southcroft Road, Rutherglen at 08:30 on Tuesday and demanded staff open the safe.

When they told him they were unable to do so, he fired a shot into the ground, then made them get into a van and remain there while he made his getaway.

No members of staff were injured during the incident.

The suspect, who was wearing dark clothing and a balaclava, drove off in a silver Vauxhall Corsa.

The car was later found abandoned and set on fire within Rutherglen Cemetery on Mill Street.

Det Insp David Scott said: "Thankfully no one was injured during the attempted robbery. However, it was a very frightening experience for the staff.

"This was a brazen incident involving a firearm being discharged and it's paramount that we trace the man responsible."

Anyone with information is urged to contact officers at Cambuslang on 101 or they can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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