Police are hunting three masked men who threatened a shop worker with knives and an axe during a robbery.
The trio escaped with tobacco, alcohol and a three-figure sum of cash following the raid at the Scotmid store in Station Road, Law, North Lanarkshire on Thursday evening.
They entered the shop at around 9.15pm and threatened the female member of staff with weapons before fleeing.
The men ran off in the direction of Galbraith Crescent and Muir Street and into a dark coloured vehicle in Muir Street, turning right onto Station Road.
Detective Constable Iain Hughes said: "Thankfully there was no one injured during this incident however it is vital that we catch the culprits before they get a chance to strike again and cause more fear and alarm to those people who are just going about their daily work.
"We are aware that there has been a recent increase in serious incidents in this area and we are looking at them both individually and collectively to establish any connection between the crimes.
"We are also increasing our uniform presence within the local area, with additional patrols to help reduce any fear of crime.
"I urge anyone who was in the vicinity of Station Road around the time the robbery took place and saw the three men hanging around the vicinity of the shop, either beforehand or running out of it afterwards, to contact police at Wishaw immediately, quoting incident number 3224 of 4 January."
The shop assistant was not injured but was left very distressed, police said.
All three suspects are described as white, 5ft 8 to 6ft tall and of medium build.
The first was wearing a light grey coloured North Face tracksuit with the hood up, a grey coloured scarf/material over his face and black trainers.
The second suspect was wearing black clothing with an emblem or writing on it and black trainers with white soles. His hood was up and he had a black scarf over his face.
Police said the third suspect was wearing similar clothing and had a black Nike rucksack with a distinctive turquoise front pocket.
Calls can be made to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where anonymity can be maintained.
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