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Police link armed robberies at Edinburgh off-licences

Detectives are hunting a man believed to have carried out three armed robberies at off-licences in Edinburgh.

In the latest incident, on Monday night, a 27-year-old woman working alone was threatened with a handgun.

The robbery happened at the Spirited Wines store on North West Circus Place at about 2000 BST.

Lothian and Borders Police said the man, who was wearing a balaclava, ran off towards Stockbridge and the Water of Leith with a three-figure sum.

Detectives believe the incident may be linked to two similar robberies from city off-licences and urged anyone with information to come forward.

'Terrifying experience'

The first robbery took place at Appelation Wine on Dalry Road at about 2030 BST on Thursday 2 June and the second at Meadows Wine on Melville Drive at about 2100 BST the following day.

A weapon, thought to have been a handgun was used in both incidents.

The suspect was described as being white, 5ft 7in (1.7m) and of slim build. He was wearing a black balaclava with a black hooded top over his head, blue jeans, white trainers and a dark-coloured rucksack. He spoke with an English accent.

A police spokesman said: "While it cannot be confirmed whether the handgun was genuine, the threat of its use was a terrifying experience for the shop worker to endure and thankfully she was not injured during the incident.

"Anyone who was in the Stockbridge area last night and saw anything suspicious or who can provide us with information that will help to trace the suspect is asked to contact police immediately."

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