Bank raid in Shawlands

Police guard the entrance to the Santander branch after the robbery.
Police guard the entrance to the Santander branch after the robbery.

Detectives in Cathcart are still on the lookout for an armed robber after an incident on Shawlands on Tuesday .

Police rushed to the Kilmarnock Road Santander branch after a man made his way into Jim Blair insurance company with a fire arm.

He threatened staff and demanded money be handed over, however, the firearm was never discharged.

As a result of the incident, Glasgow city council confirmed teachers were forced to keep pupils inside Shawlands Academy during their lunch hour until police assured them the area was safe.

Shawlands was the scene of a man hunt during the afternoon as police used an armed response unit, dogs and a helicopter in an attempt to track down the thief, who escaped on foot with around £3,000 cash.

Trefoil Avenue was blocked for some time as the police carried out their chase.

At half past one, around half an hour after the robbery, witnessess claimed said there were nearly 10 police cars searching for the thief.

Staff at the branch are said to be uninjured but badly shaken by the ordeal.

Police are still on the lookout for the suspect who is described as a white male, around five foot ten inches tall in either his late 40s or early 50s.

At the time of the crime, he was wearing an olive green or grey coloured tammy hat, a black, three-quarter length jacket, blue jeans and black boots.

He is said to have a Glasgow accent.

Detective constable Mark Henry told The Extra: “This has been a very frightening experience for the staff within the insurance company. 

“At the time of the incident there would have been a lot of people out and about.

“I would appeal to them to get in touch with us, it’s possible they noticed the suspect either prior to or following the robbery and this information may prove vital to the investigation and in helping officers trace the man responsible”.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cathcart Police Office on telephone number 0141 532 4900.

Alternatively, readers can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be given anonymously.