A bank security worker has been attacked with a machete and robbed of a five-figure sum at a shopping centre.

The 60-year-old male G4S worker was loading the Santander ATM at the Forge Shopping Centre on Duke Street when he was approached from behind by two men around 7.55pm on January 2.

One of the men assaulted the victim with a machete whilst the other grabbed the cash box which contained over £10,000 in cash.

The pair then made off from the scene in a blue estate Skoda Fabia, which was found burnt out in Inverleith Street a short time later. The car has been confirmed as stolen.

Emergency services were called and the victim was taken by ambulance to the Glasgow Royal Infirmary for treatment to a hand injury where is condition is described as stable.

The first suspect, who was carrying the machete, is described as white, 6ft in height, and was wearing a light grey zipper, black trousers and black trainers.

The second suspect is described as white, 6ft1 in height, and was wearing a black jacket with the hood up, grey tracksuit bottoms and black trainers.

Detective Inspector Alasdair Barlow from the Community Investigation Unit based at Govan said: “This was a violent and premeditated attack and it is vital that we trace the two despicable individuals involved.

“Officers will be at the scene today conducting door to door enquiries as well as examining CCTV footage to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident.

“The incident occurred near to the cinema and there would have been members of the public in and around the shopping centre at the time. I would appeal to anyone who noticed anything at all suspicious to please get in touch as you may have information to assist with our investigation.

“I would also appeal to anyone who was in the area of Inverleith Street shortly after the robbery took place, who may have noticed a blue Skoda Fabia or two men acting suspiciously, to come forward.

“Anyone with information is asked to contact the Community Investigation Unit based at Govan via 101, quoting incident number 2813 of Tuesday January 2 2017. Alternatively you can call CRIMESTOPPERS on 0800 555 111 where details can be given in confidence.”

Area Risk Consultant for G4S Cash Solutions, Duncan Watson said: "On Tuesday 2 January, one of our cash crews was the victim of a viscious attack during a routine service at Parkhead Forge Shopping Centre in Glasgow.

"One of the crew members suffered an injury to his hand. He is currently in a stable condition, awaiting surgery. 

"We are working closely with Police Scotland and I would urge anyone who may have been nearby and seen this attack to get in touch with the police or dial 101 so that those behind this attack can be brought to justice.”