A MAN is expected to appear in court later today in connection with an alleged attempted armed robbery and an alleged robbery in Dumbarton.

At around 5.35pm last night, at the Co-op store in Glasgow Road, Dumbarton, a 31 year-old man is alleged to have presented a knife at staff and attempted to rob the store of its till contents.

It's understood that the man fled emptied handed.

However, shortly thereafter at 5.41pm, a member of the public reported a male having threatened him with a knife and robbed him of personal items.

Officers attended and apprehended a man nearby.

He was detained in custody and expected to appear at Dumbarton Sheriff Court later today.