Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Police appeal after armed raid at Edinburgh bookmakers

Police have appealed for witnesses after an armed raid at a bookmakers in Edinburgh.

It happened at the Ladbrokes betting shop on West Maitland Street at about 20:40 on Friday.

A man threatened two members of staff and a customer with a small handgun and escaped with a three-figure sum of cash.

Officers have urged anyone in the area at the time to come forward if they have any information.

The suspect was described as white, 5ft 8ins tall with a slim build and pale skin.

He was wearing a dark jacket with hood up pulled tight, blue jeans and possibly white trainers. He spoke with a local accent.

A spokesman for Lothian and Borders Police said: "The staff were obviously extremely alarmed after being presented with a handgun and we are keen to speak with anyone who can help us identify the suspect.

"Given the time of night and the location the robbery took place, there are potentially a number of witnesses who can help with enquiries."

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