Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Axe used in 'terrifying' Edinburgh store robbery bid

Police are hunting two men who used an axe to rob a Scotmid store in Edinburgh.

In what was described as a "terrifying ordeal" for staff, the men burst into the store on Calder Road brandishing the weapon at about 1800 BST on Monday.

After an unsuccessful attempt to break into the store's till, the robbers made off with cigarettes and alcohol.

Lothian and Borders Police appealed for information about the men, last seen running westwards from the shop.

A spokesman said: "This was a terrifying ordeal for the staff at the store, and we are appealing for any information that can assist us in tracing the two suspects."

Both suspects were wearing scarves over the faces when they carried out the raid, along with hooded tops with the hoods pulled up.

The first suspect was described as being 5ft 8ins tall, slim, wearing a dark-coloured hooded top, dark trousers, white trainers, and with a dark scarf covering his face. He also carried a small rucksack.

The second man was thought to be about 5ft 5ins tall, slim, and wearing a white hooded top, white trousers, and black trainers, with a white scarf covering his face.

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