Shopkeeper assaulted in armed robbery

The gang targeted Fernieside Newsagents in Fernieside Crescent at 5pm yesterday. Picture: Google

The gang targeted Fernieside Newsagents in Fernieside Crescent at 5pm yesterday. Picture: Google

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THREE men armed with a knife and hammer assaulted a shopkeeper before making off with more than £1000 of cash and cigarettes.

The gang targeted Fernieside Newsagents in Fernieside Crescent at 5pm yesterday.

They grabbed the times and struck the 41-year-old worker on the back of the head before fleeing the premises.

He was treated by paramedics but did not need further medical attention.

The first suspect is described as white, around 19 years old, 5ft 8ins tall with a stocky build.

He was wearing a dark hooded top, dark grey joggers, maroon skate shoes with a white trim and a dark tartan scarf covering his face.

The second suspect is described as white, around 19-years-old, 5ft 10ins tall with a slim build.

He was wearing dark clothing, and also had his face obscured by a dark garment.

The third suspect is described only as being white and wearing dark clothing with white trainers.

Detective Constable Jonny Wright said: “Not only was this an extremely frightening ordeal for the shopkeeper, he was also assaulted and robbed of a considerable amount of stock and cash.

“We are pursuing various lines of inquiry to identify these men but would ask anyone who recognises their description to contact police immediately.

“In addition, anyone who remembers seeing anything suspicious around the store on Monday evening, or who has any other information relevant to this investigation should also get in touch.”

Those with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or alternatively, the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.