Police release CCTV images of post office thugs

The images show the knife-wielding thugs threaten the bookmaker victim with a knife. Picture: comp
The images show the knife-wielding thugs threaten the bookmaker victim with a knife. Picture: comp
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DETECTIVES investigating 
the knifepoint robbery of a bookmaker held up while depositing takings in a post office have released CCTV images of two hoodie-wearing men they want to trace.

A pair of armed robbers struck in broad daylight at the Duart Crescent post office in Drumbrae on Thursday, ­February 20, following the bookmaker into the store.

As the victim prepared to hand over the deposit, the thugs pulled a knife on the terrified man and demanded: “Give me the money.”

The thugs repeatedly screamed at the bookmaker, who was working in the ­Ladbrokes shop next door, and he was forced to hand over a three-figure sum.

The suspects fled the post office and made off towards Dochart Drive following the raid, which took place at around 1.10pm.

The newly-released CCTV images also show a red ­Vauxhall Corsa outside the shop and officers are keen to locate this vehicle.

Detective Constable Richard Emerson, who is leading the inquiry, said: “This has been a frightening experience for the customer as well as the staff in the post office.

“We are particularly ­interested in a red three-door Vauxhall Corsa, which we believe is relevant to our ­ongoing investigation.

“Anyone who can help us trace this vehicle, or the men pictured within the CCTV footage, is asked to contact police immediately.” Speaking after the robbery, Fazal Hussein, 55, who runs the post office, said he saw the robbers fleeing the scene.

He said: “I was out at lunch when it happened but my son was behind the counter.

“My son said the customer came in to make a deposit and these two men came in and pulled out a long knife.

“They started shouting ‘Give me the money’ and showing the knife. The customer was scared and gave it to them.

“I saw these men running away as I came back from lunch but I didn’t know what was happening.

“I’ve been running the post office for eight years and this is the first robbery we’ve had.”

The suspects were previously described as white, early 20s, with a tan substance or tan tights over their faces, and one was wearing a grey hoodie and jogging bottoms. Councillor Robert Aldridge, who represents the Drumbrae/Gyle ward, hoped the security camera footage might provide a breakthrough in the case.

He said: “It was a real shock for a violent crime of this kind to take place in what is normally a quiet and peaceful area.

“I would ask anyone who recognises these images of the men or the car, or has any information however small it might seem, to get in touch with the police as quickly as possible.”

The owner of the post office last night declined to comment further on the robbery as the investigation continued.

Anyone with information on the incident, or who recognises the men in the CCTV, is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 or the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

alan.mcewen@edinburghnews.com