Girl (10) held up at gunpoint

Police are appealing for information about aggravated robbery of a Hamilton takeaway bar on Saturday where a young girl was held up at gunpoint.

Detective Senior Sergeant Nigel Keall of the Hamilton CIB said police were called to the Dinsdale shop shortly after 10pm on Saturday after reports a man with a blue handkerchief over his face had entered the store.

"The man is alleged to have confronted the 10-year-old girl working behind the counter and pulled out a handgun before demanding money from the till," Mr Keall said.

"The offender made off on foot, taking a small sum of cash and was last seen running towards the Riflerange Rd-Killarney Rd intersection."

Mr Keall said members of the girl's family were present at the store at the time of the robbery. The young girl is being given victim support and arrangements are being made to interview her with specialist child interviewers, as well as translators.

"Police would like to speak to anyone in the area at the time of the incident who saw someone running from the scene or acting suspiciously."

Mr Keall said the offender was described as thinly built with a fair complexion and distinctive blue eyes wearing a grey or light coloured hooded sweatshirt with a blue handkerchief or bandana over his face.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Ricky Thompson at the Hamilton Central Police Station on 07 858 6200 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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