CCTV appeal following Elm Row attempted armed robbery

POLICE have launched a CCTV appeal as officers step up their bid to catch the culprit behind an attempted armed robbery at an Elm Row convenience store.

The attempted armed robbery happened around 9:30pm on 2 May at the USave shop on the corner of Elm Row and Montgomery Street.

Two men aged 64 and 54 were working within when a male entered and presented a knife and chain before attempting to steal money.

Last week the Evening News released CCTV footage of the moment the shopkeepers were attacked.

The footage shows the attacker waving the blade and a chain at staff before fleeing the store.

Shopkeeper Aleem Ishaq told the Evening News of the harrowing moment he feared for his life when the man lunged at him and his colleague.

Aleem’s colleague, 64-year-old Nasar, was rushed to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for treatment following the incident

Detective Constable John Dunn of Gayfield CID said “This was a violent attack on two shopkeepers who acted with bravery to prevent anything being stolen and our enquiries into this incident continue.

“As part of this, we are keen to identify the man in the CCTV footage and would urge him, or anyone who recognises him, to get in touch with us immediately.”

Police describe the man in the CCTV images as white, in his 20s or 30s, between 5ft 10ins and 6ft tall with a slim to average build and wearing a grey baseball cap, grey hooded jumper, light jeans and dark footwear.

Anyone with information can contact Police Scotland on 101, quoting incident number 2028 of the 24th April, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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