Police appeal after ‘violent’ petrol station robbery

Police are appealing for witnesses.
Police are appealing for witnesses.
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POLICE are hunting for a man after a ‘violent’ attempted robbery at a Lothian petrol station.

The incident happened at the Murco Garage, on Blackburn’s Main Street, at around 9.15pm on Friday with officers now appealing for any motorists with dashboard cameras who were in the area to contact them.

The robber is believed to have parked a silver car, which could be an Astra or similar model, on the nearside verge of West Main Street/A705, on the westbound carriageway between the garage and Mosshall Caravan Park.

Detective Inspector Dave Pinkney, who is leading the investigation, said: “This [car] may have caused cyclists or motorists to move round it, and it is possible that anyone who was using a ‘dashcam’ or ‘action camera’ on a bike or motorbike has recorded it.

“The use of such devices is becoming more common, and I would appeal to those drivers or cyclists who passed down this road in either direction around 9.15pm and who have dashboard or handlebar cameras fitted to their vehicle or bike, to contact us so that any footage can be viewed.

“This was a violent act, and while his victim was not seriously injured, it is vital that we trace this man and bring him to justice.”

The man is described as white, of medium build and wearing a dark blue or black shiny shell or waterproof style hooded top, dark blue tracksuit trousers with single white piping down the outside of each leg, and with a white logo on the upper left thigh of the trouser leg.

He was also wearing white trainers, a black tammy style hat, black snood or scarf covering the lower part of his of face and had light blue surgical disposable gloves on.

If you have any information contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.