POLICE are appealing for witnesses after an alleged assault during a botched robbery in East Kilbride.

A knife-wielding thug entered My Local Store in Cedar Drive wearing a balaclava around 7.10pm on March 27.

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He made off along Cedar Drive, in the direction of St Andrews Methodist Church.

Detective Constable Craig Jolly from Cambuslang CID said: “This was a terrifying ordeal for the two women working in the store, and thankfully nobody was left seriously injured or requiring hospital treatment.

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“This despicable individual must be caught and I would appeal to anyone who was in the vicinity of Cedar Drive yesterday evening to consider whether they saw anything suspicious or noticed a man matching the above description making off from the scene.

“I would also urge any motorists with dashcams to check their footage in case they have captured anything which could be of significance to our investigation."

Anyone who recognised the man is asked to contact police on 101 or alternatively Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be given anonymously.