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James Low admits Ladbrokes raid in Port Glasgow

Ladbrokes in Port Glasgow Image copyright Google
Image caption Low escaped with more than £1,000 from the Ladbrokes shop in Dubbs Road, Port Glasgow

A man has admitted robbing a bookmakers shop in Inverclyde at knifepoint.

James Low escaped with more than £1,000 from Ladbrokes in Dubbs Road, Port Glasgow, on 1 March last year.

The 30-year-old fled the scene in a taxi but was traced by police after his DNA was identified on a discarded mask he wore during the robbery.

At the High Court in Glasgow, Low admitted a charge of assault and robbery and was remanded in custody pending sentence at a later date.

The court heard how a masked Low threatened a female member of staff with a knife before escaping with £1,039.

'Shaken and upset'

He then fled to a nearby social club, where he called a taxi.

Prosecutor Andrew Brown QC said police found the Ladbrokes worker to be "shaken and upset".

Officers investigating the raid later found the mask worn by Low dumped at a cycle path.

His DNA was on it, which eventually led to his home in the town being searched.

Mr Brown told how police found "unused sportswear" that had been purchased the day after the hold up.

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