Pawnbroker robbed after ram raid attack

The shutters of the shop were badly damaged in the raid. Picture: Jane Barlow
The shutters of the shop were badly damaged in the raid. Picture: Jane Barlow
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BMW-driving ramraiders smashed into the front of a Leith pawnbrokers in a daring heist.

A window was shattered and the shutters were permanently damaged at H&T pawnbrokers, in Newkirkgate Shopping Centre, when a black BMW 5 Series forced its way into the premises early yesterday morning.

Officers were called to the scene at 12.25am, but were unable to confirm how much had been taken as the investigation is still in its early stages.

The raiders made off with goods from the shop window, but could not get into the back of the shop, the pawnbroker confirmed.

A spokeswoman for H&T said: “They broke a window and took some stock, but it was low value as we don’t keep anything of value in the window overnight. They weren’t able to get into the back of the shop.”

The branch was closed yesterday while police conducted their investigation, but it was expected to reopen this morning.

The shop’s shutters have been permanently damaged by the raid, but the cost of the damage is not yet known.

The spokeswoman added: “There was no-one in the store at that time of night. Everybody is fine.”

Community leaders moved to reassure traders that the incident was “very unusual”.

Councillor Gordon Munro, who represents Leith, said: “The only time I have heard of this sort of thing happening is down south, in places like Newcastle, so I think it is something that has been imported into Leith and probably the city.

“I think anyone concerned should be reassured that this is a crime which is very unusual for Leith.

“The Kirkgate has always been a lively place throughout its time but it is not a place for criminal activity. It’s a gathering place for people.”

Detectives are today calling for anyone with information on the raid to come forward.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Police in Edinburgh are investigating following a theft of goods at a shop at the Newkirkgate Shopping Centre.

“A vehicle was used to force open the shutters before the suspects entered the premises.

“Inquiries are ongoing and we are appealing to any witnesses to come forward. We are particularly keen to speak to anyone who may have seen a black BMW 5 Series leaving the location immediately after the incident took place.”