Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Edinburgh post office robber 'wore bright purple gloves'

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Image caption The suspect escaped with a three-figure sum of money

Police are searching for a man who robbed a post office in Edinburgh while wearing bright purple gloves.

The incident happened at the post office in Dalry Road at about 16:45 on Friday.

The suspect assaulted two members of staff before escaping with a three-figure sum of money.

He then ran into Dalry Road where he turned left into Orwell Place as he was followed by a member of the public.

The man was last seen turning right into Caledonian Crescent, when he was lost to sight.

He was described as being white, between 30 and 40 years of age, about 6ft tall with a slim build.

The suspect was wearing a dark coloured woollen Tammy hat, dark-coloured scarf, dark-coloured bomber style jacket, blue jeans and a dark-coloured trainers.

Det Sgt Neil Spowart, who is leading the inquiry, said: "This was a terrifying ordeal for the staff, and although they were not physically hurt, it is imperative we catch this man as soon as possible.

"The area was busy at the time and I am appealing for any member of the public who saw the man, either in West Park Place before the robbery, or as he made his escape.

"We believe that he may have gone round the back of the nearby Lidl store, and anyone who was in the area at the time is asked to call Police Scotland on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."