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Shop till taken in Canongate armed robbery

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Image caption The men stole a till from the Canongate Store in the Royal Mile in Edinburgh

Four armed men escaped with a till containing a three-figure sum of cash after robbing an Edinburgh shop.

The men entered the Canongate Store in the Canongate where a 21-year-old man was working alone on Wednesday at about 18:40 and brandished knives.

Two of the thieves then seized the till.

A plastic container containing a two-figure sum was also stolen before the men made off into Bull's Close, where they disappeared.

High-vis jacket

Det Con Alison Wyllie, of Police Scotland, said: "This was a terrifying ordeal for the shopkeeper, though, fortunately, he was not injured during the robbery.

"The suspects were distinctively dressed and so anyone who recognises their description or who remembers seeing anything suspicious in the area is urged to contact police immediately."

All of the men were wearing construction hats and facemasks covering their noses and mouths.

The first thief is white, in his early 20s and 6ft, and of medium build. He was wearing a high-vis jacket with a silver hooded top underneath and grey cotton bottoms.

The second thief is white and was wearing a high-vis jacket with a hooded top underneath.

Another of the men is white, about 18, about 5ft 10ins and was wearing a high-vis jacket. The fourth man is white, about 16, about 5ft 4ins and was wearing a black hooded top and bottoms.

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