Appeal for information
Police are appealing for information after an armed robbery at an off-licence. The incident happened at 9pm on Friday 3rd June at Meadows Wine, Melville Drive, Edinburgh. The culprit pointed a firearm at staff and demanded money, before making off with a three-figure sum. The suspect is described as white, 25-40 years, messy dark brown hair, 6ft tall, average build, chubby face, wearing a white beanie hat, black balaclava or similar covering face, black Helly Hansen Jacket (half zip at front) with ‘Helly Hansen’ written in white on the rear of the collar and a ‘HH’ symbol underneath zip at front, grey t-shirt underneath with sweat patches, blue denim jeans, white trainers.
Anyone with any information can contact Lothian and Borders Police on 0131 311 3131, or the charity Crimestoppers in confi dence and complete anonymity on 0800 555 111.
Armed robber chased by shop owner
SNT officers are continuing to conduct high visibility patrols in Nicolson and the surrounding squares. As a result of this targeted activity several people have been arrested on outstanding warrants and put before the court. Several members of the public, who are known to cause anti-social behaviour in these areas, have had alcohol confiscated and told to leave the area. As a result of this there has been a noticeable reduction in the amount of incidents involving anti-social behaviour. Your local officers will continue to patrol these areas in order to deter and prevent such behaviour. It was mentioned in previous editions that more St.Leonards SNT officers have been equipped with pedal cycles. These officers have been carrying out regular patrols throughout the area, primarily dealing with inconsiderate cycling and road traffic offences, as well as providing a highly visible deterrent in your communities.
Boozed up - Squared up - Locked up
Lothian and Borders Police “Boozed up. Squared up. Locked up.” campaign was launched on the 1st June and concentrates on reducing weapons and alcohol fuelled violence. The campaign aims to remind people they are responsible for their own actions, and that losing control can have serious consequences for themselves, their victims, and their families.
Inspector Paul Matthews, Safer Communities Department said: “The alcohol-related violence phase of Lothian and Borders Police proactive prevention campaign was a real success last year, and we hope to repeat that success this year.
“Summertime means warmer, lighter nights, barbecues, house parties, late night drinking and extended opening hours – and it’s not surprising people want to enjoy these after the long dark winter.
“However, there is a very real link between alcohol and violence, often spur-of-the-moment, where both the victim and the accused are likely to be young men.
“We want to drive home the message that everyone is responsible for their own actions, and alcohol is neither an excuse nor a justification for violence.”