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OAPs robbed at knifepoint in Edinburgh flat

Grosvenor Crescent Pic: Google
Image caption The thief forced his way into the elderly couple's home in Grosvenor Crescent

An armed thief who held up an elderly couple in their home in Edinburgh with a knife is being sought by police.

The 77-year-old man and 74-year-old woman were in their home in Grosvenor Crescent at about 15:15 on Monday when the man forced his way into the flat.

He claimed to be working on the property next door. Once inside the couple's home, he demanded their wallet and handbag.

The man ran off with a two-figure sum of cash.

The thief was between 6ft 1in and 6ft 3in tall, of slim build, with a large nose and short dark hair and spoke with a local accent.

He was wearing a dark blue zip-up hooded tracksuit top with white stripes down the sleeve, dark trousers and white trainers.

Det Insp Lyle Shaw, of Lothian and Borders Police, said: "Fortunately the couple were not injured in any way, although this has been a terrible experience for them to have been robbed at knifepoint in their own home."

He urged anyone with information to contact police.

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