Brit financial institution ROBBED of £50,000 by knifeman as city positioned on lockdown

A KNIFEMAN has robbed a security guard of £50,000 outside a Brit bank.

The robbery took place outside the Bank of Scotland branch in Riddrie, Glasgow near Barlinnie prison.

A 52-year-old G4S worker was carrying money when he was approached by a man wearing a balaclava.

The man threatened him with a knife before robbing him of a money cassette containing a five-figure sum of money.

It is believed the five-figure sum is around £50,000.

The man then got into the passenger seat of a dark coloured Audi A4 which made off from the scene.

The vehicle was later found burnt out nearby.

Detective Sergeant Neil Guy said: “This was a very traumatic experience for the security guard who was just carrying out his daily job. Luckily he was not physically injured but nevertheless it has left him very shaken up.

“Enquiries are at an early stage and we are appealing for any information that will help us trace the men responsible for this robbery as soon as possible.

“In particular we would ask any motorists with dashcams who were in the area around the time of the incident to check their footage in case they have captured anything which could be of significance to our enquiries.

“At this time we are not linking this robbery to a similar robberies in the east end of Glasgow recently, however we cannot rule anything out at this early stage.”

The area of Riddrie was on lockdown this morning as officers raced to the scene yards from HMO Barlinnie.

A nearby school was also locked down as pupils were urged to stay inside during the incident at 10.20am.

One parent of a pupil at the secondary school said pupils were being told not to leave.

But the parent said that, although they are now allowed to leave, they are “advised” not to approach the scene.

They told Glasgow Live: “With school so close to area cordoned off the school advises against kids leaving for lunch – and many use the local shops.”