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Police probe armed robbery at Inverness betting shop

Police tape and car near Queensgate in Inverness Image copyright Northpix
Image caption The robbery happened on Sunday morning

A five-figure sum of money has been stolen in an armed robbery at an Inverness betting shop.

Police said the man was thought to have had a handgun when he robbed a member of staff at Paddy Power in Queensgate at about 09:30 on Sunday.

The man was later seen in Post Office Lane, before crossing Church Street and Greig Street footbridge and passing under Friars Bridge.

He changed his clothing twice as he walked from the betting shop.

Police Scotland described the man as white, 6ft tall and of average build.

He was wearing a black bomber jacket, light blue hooded top, a black balaclava, black cargo trousers and black shoes.

Shortly after the robbery he changed into a red and black check hooded top with a white woollen fleece lining, a black fleece-lined hat with ear flaps and black trainers with white soles.

Later, he changed his clothes again. He was last seen wearing a dark coloured t-shirt and faded black jeans and had taken off the hat.

He was also carrying a large black holdall.

Ch Insp Mark Mackay said: "Thankfully nobody was injured in the course of this incident.

"Crimes of this nature are relatively rare in Inverness and we will be carrying out high visibility patrols in the city centre and surrounding areas whilst our efforts continue to identify the person responsible.

"The investigation is being led by Det Insp Richie Guild of the major investigation team and we would urge anyone who may have seen the suspect or who has information regarding this crime to contact us as a matter of urgency."

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