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Last Updated: Monday, 16 July 2007, 14:54 GMT 15:54 UK
Police appeal over armed robbery
Lothian and Borders Police Van
The robber fled after a struggle with the shop keeper
Police are hunting a man who held up an Edinburgh newsagents at knifepoint.

The incident happened at around 2055 BST on Sunday at the Stockbridge Newsagent in Deanhaugh Street.

The suspect entered the shop, brought out a knife and made slashing movements towards the shopkeeper, Lothian and Borders Police said.

The shopkeeper struggled with the attacker, thought to be between 30-35 years-old, but he fled empty-handed after demanding money.

The attacker was described as being white, 6ft tall, with short brown hair and an Edinburgh accent.

'Devastating impact'

He was wearing a short sleeved black shirt, black trousers, and light coloured shoes.

A police spokesman: said: "This was a nasty assault where the culprit used a knife in an attempt to intimidate an innocent shopkeeper.

"We want anyone who was in the area at the time, or who saw the man running away from the scene, to contact police with information which can help us track him down.

"Knife crime is an issue that Lothian and Borders Police takes extremely seriously, not least because of the devastating impact it can have on victims and families."

Anyone with any information should contact Lothian and Borders Police on 0131 311 3131, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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