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Police hunt after Glasgow armed robbery

Santander raid/Pic: Lee Symes
Image caption Officers were called to the scene at a Santander agency branch on Kilmarnock Road

Police have started an investigation into an armed robbery at an insurance company.

Armed police were called to the scene in the Shawlands area of Glasgow after a man threatened staff with what appeared to be a firearm.

He entered the Jim Blair Insurance Company, which operates as an agency for Santander, at 13:00 on Tuesday.

Police said three members of staff were inside and they were threatened by the man.

They were left "badly shaken" but were not injured. No firearm was discharged.

The man fled the building with a four-figure sum of cash and made off on foot up Kilmarnock Road towards Shawlands Cross.

Image caption Police armed response vehicles were seen in the area following the raid on Tuesday afternoon

The suspect is described as white, around 5ft 10in and aged in his late 40s or early 50s.

He was wearing an olive green or grey tammy hat, a black three-quarter length jacket, blue denims and black boots. He had a Glasgow accent.

Det Con Mark Henry said: "This has been a very frightening experience for the staff within the insurance company. At the time of the incident there would have been a lot of people out and about.

"I would appeal to them to get in touch with us. It's possible they noticed the suspect either prior to or following the robbery and this information may prove vital to the investigation and in helping officers trace the man responsible."

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