Shopkeeper fights off armed robber in Bonnyrigg

Raider appears to be armed with handgun.Picture: Ian Georgeson

Raider appears to be armed with handgun.Picture: Ian Georgeson

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A have-a-go shopkeeper foiled an armed robber today at a Bonnyrigg newsagent.

The incident happened just before 8am at the Dalhousie Newsagents in Dalhousie Place.

A 41-year-old man was working alone within the store when a man entered and presented what appeared to be a handgun.

Following a struggle, the shopkeeper sustained minor injury after being struck to the face.

The raider ran-off empty handed and police were contacted.

Officers are now urging anyone who can assist with their enquiries to come forward.

The suspect is described only as white and wearing a faded black top and blue jeans.

Inspector Stuart Reid said: “This must have been a terrifying experience for the shopkeeper. However, he refused to hand over any money and successfully fended the suspect off.

“Thankfully he did not sustain any serious injury and police are now conducting various enquiries within the area.

“During this time, high-visibility police patrols are being carried out to engage with local residents and offer reassurance to the community.

“Anyone who remembers seeing any suspicious activity around the shop on Monday morning or who has information relevant to this investigation is asked to contact police immediately.”

Those with information can contact Police Scotland on 101.