Glasgow & West Scotland

Police link two robbery bids at Ladbrokes bookmakers

Police believe two attempted armed raids at Ladbrokes shops in Glasgow and South Lanarkshire "may be connected".

The first incident happened at the bookmakers on Woodneuk Road, Nitshill, south Glasgow, at 21:00 on Wednesday.

The second failed robbery happened at the shop in Greenhills Square, East Kilbride, at about 20:30 on Thursday.

In both cases the robbers fled empty handed after being challenged by customers. Staff in East Kilbride also managed to activate the alarm.

After the Nitshill incident, police said two men in white paper suits and black balaclavas had tried to rob the bookmakers.

Both men were described as being of medium build and height with local accents.

'Frightening experience'

The attempted robbery in East Kilbride was carried out by one man in a white paper suit and black balaclava.

Det Sgt Gerry Moore, of Police Scotland, said: "Thankfully no one was injured during either attempted robbery, however, it was a very frightening experience for the staff and customers at the shop.

"Our inquiries are still at quite an early stage. We are analysing CCTV and conducting interviews.

"I would appeal to anyone who was in the area of the bookmakers at the time of either incident to contact police with any relevant information."

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