Appeal after bookies robbed at gunpoint

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after an armed raid at a bookmakers in Edinburgh.

The robbery took place at the Ladbrokes betting shop on West Maitland Street, in Haymarket, at about 8.40pm on Friday.

A man threatened two members of staff and a customer with a small handgun and escaped with a three-figure sum of cash.

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Officers have urged anyone in the area at the time to come forward if they have any information. The suspect was described as white, 5ft 8in tall, with a slim build and pale skin.

He was wearing a dark jacket with its hood pulled tight, blue jeans and possibly white trainers. He spoke with a local accent.

A spokesman for Lothian and Borders Police said: "The staff were obviously extremely alarmed after being presented with a handgun and we are keen to speak with anyone who can help us identify the suspect. There are potentially a number of witnesses who can help with enquiries."