Knifepoint robbery on Co-op worker in Edinburgh

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Police officers are urging witnesses to come forward

Thieves have held a female shop assistant at knifepoint in Edinburgh, before stealing cash from the store's safe and driving off in her car.

The employee was opening up the Co-op store in Currie at 0540 GMT, when she was approached from behind by two men wearing balaclavas.

They threatened her with a knife and forced her to unlock the store before grabbing a four-figure sum of money.

They drove away in her blue Nissan Almera. The woman was not hurt.

Two men

The first man is white, 5ft 7ins, of medium build, and was wearing grey Adidas trainers with three stripes, dark blue or black jeans, green and black checked shirt, and black leather gloves.

The second man was also white, 5ft 4ins, of thin build, and he was wearing black trainers, grey jogging bottoms with a stripe running down each leg, a black zip-up top, and black gloves.

A Lothian and Borders Police spokesman said: "Thankfully the victim wasn't injured, however she is understandably distressed as a result of her ordeal, and we are appealing for any information that can help us trace the two men responsible.

"The blue Nissan Almera used by the suspects to make their getaway has not yet been traced, and we are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen it being driven in the Currie area this morning.

"Similarly, anyone who recognises the description of the suspects, or who has any other information that can assist our inquiries, should get in touch with police as a matter of urgency."