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'Vile' robber attacks elderly worker during Paisley shop raid

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Image caption The woman was assaulted at the newsagents where she has worked for 26 years

A 63-year-old woman has been injured in a "vile attack" during a robbery at the newsagents where she works.

Police said a man attacked the woman at Clelland Newsagents on Neilston Road, Paisley, Renfrewshire, at 12:45 on Wednesday.

She was treated and later released from the town's Royal Alexandra Hospital.

The man made off with a two-figure sum of cash. Police are revising CCTV footage from the area and have appealed for witnesses to come forward.

The suspect is described as white, about 5ft 7in tall, and was unshaven.

At the time of the robbery, he was wearing a black hooded top with the hood up, dark trousers and was carrying a black rucksack bag with a white motif on it.

'Violent assault'

Det Sgt Peter Crombie, of Police Scotland, said: "This has been a particularly violent assault, leaving an elderly woman seriously injured and extremely distressed.

"She has worked in the shop for 26 years and is well known and popular with local people.

"I'm sure someone in the community has information about the suspect or the incident and I urge them to get in touch with us - please don't protect a man who is capable of committing such a vile, unprovoked attack on an elderly woman."

Det Sgt Crombie added: "This incident happened in the middle of the day in a busy area with a pub and garage nearby.

"Please get in touch with us. Any information, no matter how insignificant it seems to you, could prove vital in our investigation and help trace the man responsible."

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