Two women promised help by RBS bosses

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Mur­ray Spooner

Two women threat­ened in an armed rob­bery at the Royal Bank of Scot­land in Burnside will re­ceive all the sup­port they need to over­come the trau­matic ex­pe­ri­ence, the bank has promised.

The work­ers, aged 30 and 57, were in the Stonelaw Road branch when a man forced them to hand over a four-fig­ure sum of money at around 3.40pm on Tues­day Au­gust 2.

The raider, who wore a scarf

over his face, then made off in the di­rec­tion of Tesco.

A spokesman for RBS said the women had been left shaken by the rob­bery, adding: “We are en­gag­ing with the staff in­volved to make sure they are fully sup­ported at this time.”

Staff in neigh­bour­ing shops have also been stunned by the rob­bery.

Paula Ogilvie, who owns the Sweet P gift shop on Dukes Road, said: “I feel for the staff. Some­one was say­ing they all got a day off to try to deal with it all.

“You don’t of­ten hear places get­ting held up around here.

“You wouldn’t ex­pect this sort of thing to hap­pen. It’s a nice wee com­mu­nity and we get on well with one an­other.”

An­other shop worker, who did not wish to be named, told the Re­former: “There was lots of po­lice cars. More than four or five I would say.

“We didn’t hear any­thing apart from the sirens.

The sus­pect, who is still at large, is de­scribed as white, of slight to medium build, and around 5ft 8in. He wore a bright orange jacket with a white logo on the sleeve and blue jeans.

De­tec­tive Sergeant Martin McKen­drick said: “We are check­ing CCTV at the mo­ment to see whether he had been in the vicin­ity of the bank prior to the rob­bery, but in the mean­time we would ask any­one who was in the area at the time of the rob­bery and may have seen him loi­ter­ing or act­ing sus­pi­ciously to con­tact po­lice.

“Thank­fully no-one was in­jured but it was a very fright­en­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for the staff in­volved who are both women, aged 30 and 57, and it is im­per­a­tive that we catch him.”

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