Hunt for ‘purple glove’ Gorgie post office robber

Police are appealing for witnesses. Pic: file

Police are appealing for witnesses. Pic: file

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Police are hunting a robber who raided an Edinburgh post office while wearing bright purple gloves.

The man struck at the post office in Dalry Road, Gorgie, at around 4.45pm on Friday.

After struggling with and assaulting the two members of staff, he managed to get away with a three figure sum, and ran into Dalry Road where he turned left into Orwell Place as he was followed by a member of the public. He was last seen turning right into Caledonian Crescent, when he was lost to sight.

Detective Sergeant Neil Spowart, who is leading the inquiry, said: “This was a terrifying ordeal for the staff, and although they were not physically hurt, it is imperative we catch this man as soon as possible.

“The area was busy at the time and I am appealing for any member of the public who saw the man, either in West Park Place before the robbery, or as he made his escape. We believe that he may have gone round the back of the nearby Lidl store, and anyone who was in the area at the time is asked to call Police Scotland on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

The suspect is described as white, between 30 and 40, 6ft, with a slim build. He was wearing a dark woollen Tammy hat, dark scarf, dark bomber style jacket, blue jeans and dark trainers.