Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Armed gang 'stole £1m of jewellery' in Edinburgh heist

Police at scene
The armed robbers used special tools to smash open display cabinets during the raid

Police have estimated that armed robbers made off with more than a million pounds worth of jewellery from an exclusive Edinburgh store on Friday.

Staff were threatened with knives during the raid on Hamilton and Inches on George Street, at about 11:30.

Three men were involved, with a fourth man driving a white BMW getaway car.

The vehicle was abandoned in Gloucester Lane and police said the men got into a dark-coloured car that was last seen heading towards Stockbridge.

The white BMW is being forensically examined by officers.

A full inventory of the stolen items is currently being carried out, but it is estimated that more than one million pounds worth of goods were taken.

Det Insp Craig Finnie said: "Staff were left extremely shaken and a major investigation is under way to trace those responsible.

"While we remain keen to speak with witnesses who were in the George Street area at the time of the robbery, we also wish to trace anyone who remembers seeing both getaway vehicles in the Gloucester Lane area before or after the crime was committed."

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