Glasgow & West Scotland

Police hunt for knife raider who was wearing Hawaiian shorts

Detectives are hunting for a man who was dressed in beach shorts who tried to rob a North Lanarkshire Post Office with a knife.

The man in his 30s threatened staff at the Post Office on Backbrae Street in Kilsyth at about 16:25 on Friday.

He demanded money, but when the alarm was raised he made off empty handed.

No-one was injured but officers said staff were left in a state of shock. Police appealed for information and for witnesses to come forward.

The suspect was described as white, about 5ft 9 ins tall, with short dark hair.

He was wearing a purple/blue T-shirt, white and blue "Hawaiian style" beach shorts and dark trainers with black socks. He was also carrying a dark rucksack with an orange Adidas logo.

Det Con Joe Todd said: "We know from the CCTV footage we have analysed that the suspect was standing around in the area prior to the failed robbery.

"The streets were busy at the time of the incident, so it is possible that the public encountered the suspect on Main Street or West Burnside Street prior to the incident on Backbrae Street at around 16:25 hours."

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