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Police link Edinburgh armed robbery attempt to earlier raid

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Image caption CCTV images of a man were released by police following a robbery at a petrol station

Police believe an attempted armed robbery in Edinburgh may be connected to a previous hold up.

Officers investigating Tuesday evening's incident at Scotbet in Ferry Road believe it was linked to a robbery at a petrol station on 18 January.

CCTV images of a man suspected of carrying out that armed robbery, also in Ferry Road, were released earlier this week.

A member of staff refused to hand over money in the betting shop incident.

The attempted robbery happened at about 18:30.

Det Sgt Lynsey Thomson said: "While this robbery was unsuccessful, this incident was very distressing for the member of staff and we are keen to trace the suspect as soon as possible.

"We also believe that this incident may be linked to a previous incident the happened at a petrol station last week, also on Ferry Road.

"Any witnesses who may have seen the suspect, or who recognise the description of him, are asked to come forward."

The man has been described as being white and aged in his mid 40s. He had a slim build.

He was wearing a black hat, which peaks at the top, waterproof black gloves, a khaki jacket, dark jeans with faded patches and notable turn ups and brown ankle boots.

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