Hunt for knife man after robbery attempt

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Police are appealing for witnesses after a knife-wielding criminal attempted rob an East Lothian newsagent.

The incident happened around 9.45pm on Monday, May 7, at the RS McColl store in Delta Drive, Musselburgh.

A female sales assistant was working within the premises when a man entered and produced a knife before demanding money.

The employee refused to hand any cash over and the suspect attempted to open the till.

However, he was unsuccessful and left the shop empty handed.

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

The suspect is described as white, early twenties, 5ft 5ins tall with a slim build and dark eyes. He spoke with a local accent.

A police spokesman said: “The male was thwarted by the sales assistant’s refusal to hand over any money and we are now keen to identify and trace him.

“Anyone who was in or around Delta Driver yesterday evening and remembers seeing anything suspicious is asked to contact police immediately.

“Similarly, anyone who believes they recognise the description of the suspect is also asked to get in touch.”

Anyone with any information can contact Lothian and Borders Police on 0131 311 3131, or the charity Crimestoppers in confidence and complete anonymity on 0800 555 111.