Youth puts hands up to armed raid

Scotmid, Main Street Holytown.
Scotmid, Main Street Holytown.

A youth has admitted carrying out a knifepoint robbery at Holytown’s Scotmid store - the first of two armed raids in the village in four days.

Nathan Gordon and an unknown accomplice went into the Main Street shop with their faces covered and threatened a female assistant with a knife.

The pair demanded she open the till and fled with an unspecified amount of money.

The robbery happened shortly before 9pm on Sunday, November 17, last year.

Gordon (18), a prisoner, admitted the charge when he appeared at Hamilton Sheriff Court this week.

He had been given bail at the same court just five days before the robbery. He has been detained since his arrest following the armed raid.

Gordon, who was represented by solicitor Diarmid Bruce, was also charged with a similar robbery at Iqra News, Main Street, Holytown, three days after the Scotmid incident.

It was alleged that he went into that shop with his face covered, threatened a female member of staff with a knife and got her to open the till and hand over an unspecified sum.

However, his not guilty plea to that charge was accepted by the prosecution.

Sentence was deferred until April 4 when Mr Bruce will address the court on behalf of his client.

Gordon was again remanded in custody.