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Police in West Lothian are appealing for witnesses following an attempted armed robbery at a Post Office in Livingston which took place around 11am this morning on Cameron Way, Knightsridge.

A male suspect approached the counter armed with a knife and demanded money from staff.

The member of staff refused and the suspect left the scene empty handed. He departed on a mountain bike and was last seen heading west towards Sinclair Way.

Anyone who can assist police in identifying the man responsible is asked to come forward.

He is described as being around 5’10” tall, of average build, wearing sunglasses and a backpack. He was also wearing a black scarf covering part of his face, a dark jacket and a black top with its hood up.

A spokesperson for Police Scotland said: “Although this was a failed robbery it was nonetheless a traumatic experience for those inside the Post Office.

“Police are keen to speak to anyone who recognises the description of the male culprit or who saw or heard anything suspicious in the area of Cameron Way.

“We believe someone matching this description has been seen in the area over the last few days.

“Anyone with information that can assist our enquiries is asked to call Police Scotland on 101 or alternatively the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”