South Scotland

Kelloholm store robber apologised following hold-up

An armed robber apologised after holding up a south of Scotland village store at knifepoint, a court has heard.

The High Court in Glasgow heard that Andrew Whiteford, 31, went into the store in his home village of Kelloholm, and bought a yoghurt.

He then took out a knife and demanded money but after it was handed over he added: "I'm sorry about that."

He admitted the raid on the Nith Valley Co-op on 16 August and sentence was deferred.

The court heard that Whiteford had three previous convictions for assault and robbery.

Risk assessment

Advocate depute Lisa Gillespie, prosecuting, said: "The accused carried out an offence in 2011 in the same store."

The incident was caught on CCTV and Whiteford was arrested the following day.

Initially he denied any involvement, but then confessed to police and showed them where he had thrown away the knife.

Judge Lord Uist deferred sentence on Whiteford until January next year and ordered a risk assessment of the danger he presents to the public.

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