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Mum and daughter, 10, left 'badly shaken' after carjacking in Kilsyth

A woman and her 10-year-old daughter have been left "badly shaken" following a carjacking in North Lanarkshire.

The 38-year-old woman and her daughter were sitting in a red Vauxhall Astra outside a premises in King Street, Kilsyth, when two men approached the car and opened the driver's door.

The robbers threatened the woman and demanded she hand over the vehicle.

Police Scotland said the victims were uninjured but have been left "badly shaken by the incident".

The carjacking occurred at around 9.10pm on Thursday.

Shortly after, the stolen car was then spotted heading south on Howe Road (B802) at the roundabout at Auchinstarry.

One of the suspects is described as around 6ft tall with a slim build. He was wearing a grey long-sleeved top and grey jogging trousers.

The man spoke with a local accent and was wearing a face covering to conceal his identity.

Detective Constable Scott Archer said: "This was a very frightening experience for the woman and her daughter.

"To be subjected to such an incident is unacceptable and it's vital we trace the two men responsible."

DC Archer is appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident to get in touch. Those with relevant CCTV or dashcam footage are also being urged to come forward.

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This carjacking comes amid reports of two other similar attempted robberies in North Lanarkshire, which are both being treated as linked but not to the Kilsyth incident.

In the first incident, two men threatened a 21-year-old man and tried to steal his car from a car park in Coatbridge at around 10.40pm on Wednesday.

The victim was able to get away from the men without anything being taken.

The second incident occurred in a car park in Bellshill a few hours later at around 1.20am on Thursday.

Two young women, aged 18 and 20, were in a car when another vehicle parked next to them.

Two male passengers got out and tried to open the rear doors of the vehicle the women were sitting in, but they were locked.

The men then fled the scene.

Police Scotland are treating those two incidents as linked and said the three victims were all "left shaken".

The suspects are described as late-teens or early-20s and were dressed in black. One was said to be bald.

The pair were travelling in a blue SUV which was being driven by a third man.

A force spokesperson told Sky News there is "no evidence to link" the mum and daughter carjacking in Kilsyth to the other two incidents.