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Edinburgh bank robber may be covered in red dye

RBS in Craigentinny Image copyright Google
Image caption Police are appealing for witnesses following the robbery at a Branch of RBS in Craigentinny

A man who robbed a bank in Edinburgh using a handgun, and could be covered in red dye, is being sought by police.

Police are appealing for witnesses following the robbery at a branch of RBS in Craigentinny at 16:45 on Monday.

The man fled the store with a large four-figure sum of cash and made off on foot into Restalrig Avenue.

A security device was activated and this may have caused the cash, and the man's clothing, to be contaminated with red dye.

The man is white, of medium or slim build, about 6ft 3ins, about 25 years old and was clean shaven.

He was wearing a blue baseball cap, light grey coloured body warmer with hood attached, dark baggy trousers, dark footwear and black gloves.

Det Insp Alan O'Brien, of Police Scotland, said: "This robbery was a traumatic experience for the staff working in the branch, although thankfully no one was hurt.

"We are appealing for anyone who witnessed this robbery, or recognises the description of the suspect, to contact police immediately.

"The suspect and the money are likely to have been contaminated with red dye, so if anyone who comes across anything suspicious, they should also contact police."

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