Edinburgh café robbed at knifepoint


By Amanda MacMillan

A KNIFEMAN held up a worker at an Edinburgh café during a terrifying raid which saw him escape with a three figure sum of cash.

The robbery happened around 5.30pm on Sunday at the Metropole café on the city’s Newington Road.

The suspect, who had his face covered with a scarf, brandished a knife at the shop assistant.

He then walked behind the counter and removed a three-figure sum of cash from the till before making off south on Newington Road.

He was described as white, 17 to 25-years-old, 5ft 8ins to 5ft 10ins tall, with a slim build and was wearing a grey or olive green coloured hooded top or jacket.

A police spokesman said: “This was a terrifying ordeal for the shop assistant who was threatened, and we are appealing for any information that can help us trace the suspect.

“The café was busy with customers at the time of the robbery, and we want to speak to any customers who witnessed the incident who have not yet been in touch with police.

“Anyone who was there, or who was in the vicinity of the café and may have noticed the suspect acting suspiciously, should contact police immediately.

“Similarly, anyone who recognises his description, or who has any other information that can help our inquiries, should also get in touch.”

Anyone with any information should contact Lothian and Borders Police on 0131 311 3131, or Crimestoppers in confidence and complete anonymity on 0800 555 111.