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Glasgow bookmakers targeted by 'armed' robber

Police are hunting a man who claimed to have a firearm during a robbery and an attempted robbery of two bookmakers in Glasgow.

The man made off with a small sum of money after robbing Ladbrokes in Kilfinan Street, Lambhill, at about 1840 BST on Saturday.

He attempted to rob William Hill in Gorstan Street, Summerston, at 2130 BST on the same day but left empty-handed.

Police said no staff were injured but all had been shaken by the incidents.

The man was described as being in his early 20s, of medium build, wearing a grey hooded top and a scarf over his face.

On both occasions he threatened staff with what was believed to be a firearm.

Det Insp John Kennedy, of Strathclyde Police, said he was confident the same man was responsible for both crimes.

He added: "After the suspect fled from Ladbrokes in Kilfinan Street, he ran into Balmore Road where the dye-pack - which was in the cash he stole - burst.

"As a result, he dropped the cash and it was recovered by officers.

"I have no doubt that his hands and face will be covered with red dye, which is very difficult to remove."

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