Traumatised shop assistant threatened with what appeared to be a gun

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A 17-year-old shop assistant at Marks & Spencer has been left ‘extremely traumatised’ after an armed robbery today.

At around 3.20pm a man walked into the food hall at  Oban Retail Park  and approached the checkout where the teenager was working, threatening the assistant with what appeared to be a firearm and demanding money.

The suspect, believed to be aged between 45 and 50, then walked out of the shop with a three figure sum of cash in an unknown direction.

No firearm was discharged in the incident said police but the shop assistant was left extremely traumatised.

The wanted man is described as white, around 6 ft, of slim to medium build wearing a green khaki coloured jacket, outdoor boots and a black beanie style hat with a green and red stripe.

An M&S spokesperson, said: ‘We take the security of our stores and safety of our colleagues very seriously. We are fully supporting the police with their investigation.’

Detective Inspector Scott Hamilton at Clydebank said: ‘This was a very frightening experience for the young shop assistant and anyone else who was within the shop at the time and thankfully no-one was physically hurt.

‘We are currently making enquiries in the area to establish where the culprit went to when he walked out of the shop.

‘Anyone who recognises the description of the suspect or thinks they may have seen him hanging around the area either before or after the robbery took place is asked to contact police at Clydebank immediately via 101 quoting incident number 2303 of 13 August 2019.’

Alternatively calls can be made to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where anonymity can be maintained.

The store  was open again by 6pm.




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