A manhunt has been launched to find a masked thug who robbed a North Lanarkshire shop at knife-point.

Police are appealing for information following the "frightening" incident, which happened at the Premier Stores in Old Edinburgh Road, Bellshill.

The theif entered the store at around 1.10pm on Monday and threatened the 32-year-old woman working in the shop with a knife and demanded money.

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He then fled with a three-figure sum of money and was last running towards the local housing estate.

He is described as being about 5ft3inches in height and of slim to medium build.

At the time he was wearing black trainers, black Nike jogging trousers with a logo on the left leg and a dark grey zipper with a white zip and white toggles.

He spoke with a local accent.

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Detective Sergeant Gary Crossan at Wishaw CID, the officer in charge of the enquiry, is appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time and who may have witnessed the robbery to contact him.

He said: "This was a frightening incident for the woman who was left extremely shaken and I am keen to hear from anyone who has information about the man responsible or recognises his description."

Anyone with information is urged to contact polica via 101, quoting incident number 1929 of 26 August 2019.

Information can also be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.