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Dumfries Toll Bar shop targeted by knife-wielding robber

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Image caption Police said two shop assistants had been left "clearly traumatised" by the robbery

Police are hunting a knife-wielding robber who targeted a corner shop in Dumfries.

The incident happened at about 18:50 on Monday at the Toll Bar premises on New Abbey Road.

A man entered the shop armed with a knife and demanded money from two assistants aged 45 and 13.

One of the staff went to summon assistance and the robber fled the shop on a mountain bike having taken a "small amount of cash".

Police said that while nobody was injured in the attack the two shop assistants had been "clearly traumatised".

The man who carried out the robbery has been described as being between 5ft 7in and 5ft 9in tall and of slim build.

'Rare crime'

He was wearing dark clothing, possibly a hooded top with a dark jacket and trousers.

He had a scarf covering his face and spoke with a local accent.

The man made off on a mountain bike and was last seen heading along Rotchell Park and into Robison Drive having been chased from the scene by passers-by.

Det Sgt Stephen Bell said: "This is a very rare type of crime for Dumfries and no doubt was a very traumatic experience for all those involved.

"We are seeking the help of the public who were in the area at the time to get in touch if they can help us catch the man responsible.

"A number of people were in area at the time and helped raise the alarm."

Anyone who can help has been asked to call Police Scotland on 101 or the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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