Second Holytown raid

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A woman shop worker was threatened at knifepoint during a robbery in Holytown on Wednesday – just days after an armed raid on the local branch of Scotmid.

In the latest incident a man aged between 16 and 25 robbed the Iqra News Shop in Holytown Main Street at 6.50pm.

The woman he threatened was left traumatised by her ordeal but was not injured.

Police are studying local CCTV footage, and say enquiries so far reveal the culprit was loitering outside the store and at one point crossed the road and stood watching the shop.

The suspect is white, medium built and wore a black, zipped-up jacket with the hood up and a scarf covering his face.

Detective Sergeant James Quinn said: “We know that there were people in the area around the time of the incident and it’s possible someone may have noticed the man as he was loitering outside.

“I would appeal to anyone who was there - perhaps you were driving past and saw the man outside, any information no matter how insignificant you think it may be, please do pass it on.”

Meanwhile police have refused to disclose further information about the armed raid on the Holytown branch of Scotmid at 8.55pm on Sunday. It was earlier stressed no firearms were involved in the robbery of the Main Street store, and that nobody was injured, but it still isn’t known what kind of weapon was used, whether more than one criminal was involved, or whether money or goods were stolen.