'Five figure sum of money' stolen after group of men ambush two people at Royal Bank of Scotland night safe

The police scene at St Andrew Square in Edinburgh.
The police scene at St Andrew Square in Edinburgh.
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Police were scrambled to reports of a robbery at the Royal Bank of Scotland at the early hours of this morning.

A five figure sum of money stolen from two men, police say, when four men in balaclavas ambushed them at the night safe at the Royal Bank of Scotland before escaping in a dark saloon vehicle.

A 27 and 57 year old man were attempting to deposit the cash at the RBS night safe when they were approached. One of the men was assaulted and the bag of money was stolen.

Police said the suspects then left the bank in their car and headed down Queen Street and onto York Place on the wrong side of the road.

Officers at Police Scotland were called to the bank on St Andrew Square at around 1.40am on Sunday morning to the reports of a robbery.

Pictures show a police cordon around the building with a dark coloured vehicle left abandoned in front of the bank.

Reports on social media added that officers were taking statements from witnesses, one with a bloodied face.

A witness was head telling police "There were six or seven of them. They must have been waiting."

Police are still in the area and enquiries are ongoing.

Detective Chief Inspector Graham Grant from Corstorphine CID said: "I would like to re-assure the public this appears to be an isolated incident and isn't a crime that regularly occurs.

"This has been a terrifying experience for the two victims and left one of them with a facial injury.

"The centre of Edinburgh was busy last night and we urge anyone who saw the incident or the vehicle to get in touch via 101 quoting incident number 0491 of 25 August."