Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Thief holds up off-licence with needle in Edinburgh

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Image caption The robber brandished a needle and demanded the contents of the till

A thief who held up an Edinburgh off-licence with a needle before stealing a three-figure sum of cash is being sought by police.

The robber entered Vino on North West Circus Place at 21:35 on Wednesday and demanded the till contents.

He then made off from the shop in the direction of Stockbridge.

The thief was described as white, 6ft 3ins to 6ft 4ins tall and having a Scottish accent,

He was 30 to 40 years old, with short dark hair, a receding hairline and was bald on the crown. He had a small vertical curved mark or scar on his right cheek.

He was wearing a royal blue hooded jacket, dark bottoms with a single light coloured stripe down each side and red trainers.

He was also carrying a large brown holdall with a broken shoulder strap

Det Sgt Bob Richardson, of Police Scotland, said: "The suspect was wearing distinctive red trainers and a blue hoodie, and we ask that anyone who saw a man fitting that description at the time of the robbery, or who witnessed the incident, to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

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