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Men sought over toy store robbery in Clarkston

Strathclyde Police
Image caption The toy shop owner was not injured in the robbery

Detectives are hunting two men after a robbery at a toy shop in East Renfrewshire.

The pair used a knife to threaten the owner of Toy Parade in Arthur Place, Clarkston, and demanded money from the till at about 1725 GMT on Monday.

The 35-year-old woman, who was uninjured, handed over a three-figure sum of cash before both men ran off towards East Kilbride.

The men were white and in their mid 20s. Police appealed for witnesses.

The first suspect was described as about 5ft 11in tall with slim build and a distinctive scar just below his eye.

He was wearing dark clothing with a green striped scarf covering his face.

'Terrifying ordeal'

The second suspect was described as about 6ft tall and was also wearing dark clothing, a hat and scarf which was also concealing his face.

Both men left the shop carrying the money in a white paper Toy Parade bag with the blue Toy Parade logo on the side.

Det Con Natalie Carr, of Strathclyde Police, said: "Toy Parade only opened last month, and it is appalling that the owner has been subjected to such a terrifying ordeal so soon after opening, especially so close to Christmas.

"Although she hasn't been harmed in any way, she is completely distraught and this is something I'm sure will take her a long time to recover from.

"The shop is situated in Arthur Place which is just off Eaglesham Road in Clarkston. The area is always very busy at this time of night, and I know there would have been lots of commuters leaving nearby premises and also driving through - either towards East Kilbride, Eaglesham or Glasgow.

"I would therefore appeal to anyone who was in this area around 5.30pm yesterday and saw two men fitting the descriptions. Any information at this time would be helpful."

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