Police Scotland are appealing for information after a masked knifeman threatened Barrhead staff and customers during a store raid before running off with thousands of pounds.

Police responded to reports of an armed robbery at the Barrhead Travel store in Newton Mearns in East Renfrewshire, Scotland, at around 1pm on January 17.

The unidentified man entered the store and threatened staff while brandishing a knife. He made off with a five-figure sum of foreign currency.

The man is described as white, 6ft 2in tall and of small build, according to Police Scotland. He had a white mask covering his face and wore a black beanie style hat, light-coloured long-sleeved top, navy blue bottoms and white shoes.

No one was injured in the incident. Anyone with information is being asked to come forward by Police Scotland.

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Detective Constable Mark Milroy, of Glasgow CID, said: “Nobody was injured but this was a frightening experience for staff and customers alike.

“Extensive enquiries are ongoing to identify the man responsible, including reviewing CCTV from the area.”

A Barrhead spokesperson said: “The safety of our colleagues and customers is always our number one priority.

“Most importantly, our team did not come to any harm but were naturally shaken.

“We are working with the police to support their investigation and following their security advice.”

Anyone who witnessed the robbery take place or has any information is asked to call 101, quoting incident 1534 of 17 January.