Staff from a Hamilton store are recovering from shock after being targeted by thugs for the second time in 24 hours.

We previously told you how a man threatened staff with a weapon before making off with a three-figure sum of cash from the McColls shop in Fleming Way on Sunday evening.

Now, police say there has been a second attempt to rob the shop only a day later.

At around 8.15pm on Monday, a man entered the shop and demanded money.

However the blundering thief was unsuccessful, fleeing the store empty-handed.

He is described as being white, around 5ft10inches and of medium build.

He was wearing a blue hooded jacket, light-coloured jogging bottoms and a blue scarf covering his face.

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Detective Constable Stuart Burnside of Lanarkshire CID said: "Although nobody was injured during this incident and no money was taken, this is the second time this shop has been targeted in two days and for staff to go through this again is very frightening and upsetting for them.

"Support and security advice has been provided to staff and police patrols will be increased in the area.

"Police are appealing for information that will identify those responsible.

"At this time all avenues of enquiry are being pursued and there is no apparent link between both incidents at this time."

The suspect on this occasion ran off on Fleming Way, with anyone who was near the shop or in the surrounding areas at think about whether or not they saw him.

Anyone with information is urged to contact police via 101, quoting incident number 3818 of November 4.

Alternatively Crimestoppers can be called anonymously on 0800 555 111.