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Appeal after street knife raids in North Lanarkshire

Two young men are being sought by police over three armed street robberies in North Lanarkshire.

The men, who are described as being aged between 16 and 20 years old, used a knife to steal mobile phones from their victims on Tuesday night.

The first victim, a 20-year-old man, was targeted at about 18:30 while walking in North Road, Bellshill.

A 35-year-old man and an 18-year-old man were targeted later in Main Street, Bellshill, and Carfin Road, Newarthill.

The first suspect is described as white, aged 16 to 20 years old, about 5ft 8in tall and of slim build.

Suspect descriptions

He was wearing a grey/dark-coloured hooded tracksuit with a scarf covering the lower part of his face.

The second suspect is described as white, aged 16 to 20 years old, between 5ft 7in and 5ft 10in tall and of slim build.

He was wearing a dark-coloured hooded tracksuit which may have had white stripes. Both were wearing their hoods up.

Following the first robbery, both men made off towards Hilltop Avenue in Bellshill.

After the second robbery in Bellshill, at about 20:30 hours, both men made off in the direction of Muirmadkin Road, Bellshill.

'Frightening experience'

The third robbery took place at about 21:10 in Carfin Road, Newarthill, Motherwell. Both suspects then made off in the direction of Whittagreen Avenue.

Det Sgt Craig Hosie, of Strathclyde Police, said: "This was a very frightening experience for each of these men, who thankfully were not injured in the attacks.

"We need the public's help to catch these men as soon as possible and I would urge anyone who was in any of these areas and saw anyone fitting the descriptions or acting suspiciously to contact the police.

"Although enquiries are at an early stage I believe the incidents may be connected."

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