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Police appeal over knifepoint betting shop robbery in Edinburgh

Police in Edinburgh are appealing for witnesses following a knifepoint robbery at a city centre betting shop.

The incident happened at about 20:20 on Wednesday at a William Hill shop on Bernard Street.

A 46-year-old man was working alone and was serving a customer when a man entered.

After the customer had left the thief demanded money from the till before making off towards Baltic Street with a three-figure sum of cash.

Officers are now urging anyone who can assist with their inquiries to come forward.

The man is white, in his early 20s, about 5ft 10ins or 5ft 11ins, of medium build, with short dark hair.

He was wearing a dark jacket with hooded top underneath, black snood covering the lower half of his face, dark gloves, dark grey jogging bottoms and black trainers.

Det Insp Carol Craig, of Police Scotland, said: "This robbery left the staff member shaken and resulted in a large sum of money being stolen. Though, thankfully, no-one was hurt.

"We are conducting local enquiries in the area and are keen to hear from anyone who remembers seeing anything suspicious around the shop on Wednesday evening.

"In addition, anyone who recognises the description of the suspect or who has information relevant to this investigation is also asked to contact police immediately."

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