'Brazen' armed raid on Paisley bookmakers

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Bookmakers in Paisley
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The raid on the Betfred bookmakers took place just before 22:00

Detectives are hunting armed robbers who targeted a Paisley bookmakers on Friday evening.

Police said two men, one carrying what appeared to be a firearm, took a three-figure sum after threatening staff at Betfred on Moss Street in the town.

Strathclyde Police said it was a frightening experience for the staff but that no-one was injured.

Officers said the raid happened in a busy part of town and appealed for any witnesses to contact them.

Det Insp Julie Henry added: "This was a brazen act by the two men as the area in which the bookmakers is situated is a busy one, with lots of shops and restaurants.

"At the time of the incident Moss Street and the surrounding area was busy with people out and about on a Friday evening."

The suspects entered the shop just before 22:00.

One man, who had the firearm, was described as in his mid to late 20s, 5ft 6in tall and was wearing a black hooded top and light coloured jeans.

The second man, who carried a blade, is about the same age, 5ft 11in tall and was wearing black clothes with a hood up.