Knife thugs in shop raid

A FEMALE shop assistant was held-up at knife point by thieves who stole more than a thousand pounds then made off in the woman's car.

She was opening the Co-op store in Currie, west Edinburgh, at 5:40am yesterday when two men wearing balaclavas and black gloves approached her from behind.

They threatened her with a knife, and forced her to open the store's safe.

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They took a four-figure sum of money before they fled the scene of the crime in the victim's own blue Nissan Almera.

A police spokesperson said: "Officers have recovered the car on the outskirts of Edinburgh. It is intact and has not been burnt out or seriously damaged."

Police have appealed for any information that may help them locate the suspects.

One was described as 5ft 7ins tall, of medium build wearing grey Adidas trainers, dark jeans, a green and black checked shirt and a pair of black leather gloves.

The other man is shorter, 5ft 4ins, and thin. He was wearing black trainers, grey jogging bottoms with a stripe down each leg. He also wore a black zip-up top and black gloves.