STAFF at a Lanarkshire beauty salon were threatened by a man armed with a "weapon" during an attempted robbery this morning. 

The thug entered the salon on North Vennel in Lanark at around 9.40am before demanding money, however, no money was given. 

Police say he then made his way to a nearby supermarket where he reportedly stole a poppy appeal tin before running off through Brewery Close onto the High Street.

A manhunt has now been launched to trace the individual.

The suspect is described as white, in his 30s, 5ft 8ins in height, and of slim build.

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He was wearing a black beanie hat, black material mask, dark waterproof jacket, and dark jogging bottoms with a white logo on the left thigh. 

Detective Chris Smith, Wishaw CID, said: "I would appeal to anyone who was either in North Vennel or on the High Street this morning between 9.30am and 9.50am, who may have seen this man in the area to get in touch.

"I'd also ask motorists to check their dash-cam footage in case they have captured the suspect.

"Anyone with information can contact officers at Wishaw Police Station via 101. Please quote reference number 1177 of November 13, 2021, when calling.

"Alternatively, details can be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."