Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Shop assistant stands up to thief

An Edinburgh shop assistant who stood up to a thief during an attempted knifepoint robbery is recovering from the incident.

The woman was working in Lasswade News Plus on Lasswade Road when a man entered the shop and brandished a knife on Wednesday at about 1430 BST.

When the man demanded the 29-year-old hand over money from the till she refused and he ran out of the shop.

He ran in the direction of Captains Road then into Yewlands Gardens.

He is described as white, 25 to 35-years-old, 6ft to 6ft 2in, clean shaven, with short dark hair. He was wearing dark trousers and a black hooded top with grey sleeves.

A Lothian and Borders Police spokesman said: "While the victim wasn't injured, she was understandably distressed as a result of her ordeal, and we are keen for any information that can help us identify the suspect.

"Anyone who was in the area at around the time of the incident, who noticed the suspect there, should contact police immediately.

"Similarly, anyone who recognises the description of the suspect, or who has any other information that can assist our inquiries, should also get in touch."

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites