Police hunt knife-raid man wearing Hawaiian shorts

Figures show there are just 175 officers who identify as black, Asian or minority ethnic (Bame) in a force of more than 17,000. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Figures show there are just 175 officers who identify as black, Asian or minority ethnic (Bame) in a force of more than 17,000. Picture: Ian Rutherford

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A MAN in Hawaiian beach shorts who tried to hold up a Post Office with a knife left empty handed after staff raised the alarm.

The man entered the Post Office on Backbrae Street, Kilsyth, North Lanarkshire, and threatened staff at around 4.25pm on Friday June 3.

He demanded money but when staff raised the alarm he made off empty handed in an unknown direction.

No-one was injured in the incident but Police Scotland said members of staff were left in a state of shock.

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The attacker was a white man, around 5ft 9in, about 30, with short dark hair.

He wore a purple/blue T-shirt, white and blue Hawaiian style beach shorts and dark trainers with black socks. He carried a dark rucksack with an orange Adidas logo.

Detective Constable Joe Todd, from Coatbridge CID, said: “We know from the CCTV footage we have analysed that the suspect was standing around in the area prior to the failed robbery.

“The streets were busy at the time of the incident, so it is possible that the public encountered the suspect on Main Street or West Burnside Street prior to the incident on Backbrae Street at around 1625 hours.

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“It is critical we trace the man responsible. Any information you have, no matter how small, could make a real difference as part of our broader investigation.”

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