Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Police hunt for thief who stabbed guard with syringe

Lidl West Nicolson Street Image copyright Google
Image caption The incident happened at the Lidl store in Nicholson Street

Police are searching for a man who stabbed a security guard with a used syringe after being was caught shoplifting.

The attack happened at about 12:10 on Saturday at the Lidl store in Nicholson Street, Edinburgh.

Police said the man "struggled violently" with the guard and stabbed him a number of times with a syringe before running off.

The suspect then ran north towards the city centre.

The attacker was described as being aged between 20 and 30, white, about 5ft 7in tall, with a slim build and bushy hair.

He was wearing a sandy-coloured long sleeve top, a blue body warmer with camouflaged pockets, dark blue jeans and white trainers.

Det Sgt Andrew MacRae said: "On being challenged, the man began to struggle violently with a security guard, and this continued outside the store.

"During this incident the security guard was stabbed a number of times by what we believe was a used syringe."

Police have asked anybody who may have information about the incident to contact them.