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Thief fired airgun in shop robbery bid in East Lothian

Co-op on Main Street, Ormiston Image copyright Google

A thief who fired an airgun and threatened staff during an attempted armed robbery in an East Lothian shop is being sought by police.

The incident happened at the Co-op on Main Street, Ormiston, on Sunday at about 22:15.

A 23-year-old male member of staff sustained a minor injury as a result of the gun being discharged.

A dark-coloured vehicle was involved in the incident and seen with the suspect on Hillview Road shortly beforehand.

'Extremely serious'

The suspect was white, 5ft 10in tall and of stocky build.

He was wearing a red hooded top with the hood up, a balaclava, a three-quarter length black coat, dark trousers, dark gloves and dark shoes.

Ch Insp Matt Paden, of Police Scotland, said: "Fortunately no-one was seriously injured in this incident but the discharge of any weapon during the course of a crime is an extremely serious matter.

"We are following various lines of inquiry to trace the individual responsible and anyone with information is asked to contact us as soon as possible."

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