Police hunt bearded gunman after bookies heist


By Rory Reynolds

POLICE are hunting for an armed robber after a betting shop was held up at gunpoint in broad daylight.

A man made off an unknown amount of money after threatening a cashier with what appeared to be a handgun at 9.30am on Saturday morning.

The robbery took place at the William Hill branch on St John’s Road in Edinburgh’s affluent Corstorphine area.

Police say the man crossed the busy St John’s Road and was last seen walking towards Kirk Loan.

The man is described as being tanned, in his 30s, around 6ft in height, with prominent features, a dark beard and a moustache.

He was wearing a dark woollen hat, dark grey hooded jacket with a white motif on the left breast, blue jeans, white trainers, and was carrying a white Scotmid carrier bag when he left the shop.

Lothian and Borders Police have appealed for anyone who may have seen the man to come forward or contact Crimestoppers.

A spokesman for William Hill bookmakers said: “We deplore incidents of this nature and we’d like to point out that betting shops do not keep large amounts of cash on the premises.

“Clearly we will co-operate with the police in any investigation.”