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Cafe owner tells of armed robbery shock

posted 31 Oct 2009, 06:33 by David Rintoul

The owner of a Tollcross cafe that was held up by two armed teenagers has spoken of her horror at the robbery.

The 26-year-old owner, who did not want to be named, was in her flat above The Tree House Cafe in Leven Street on Thursday when two teenagers walked in to the cafe and brandished what appeared to be a handgun at around 4:30pm.

The 19-year-old part-time member of staff, who was working on her own at the time, was told to put the money from the till – around £40 – into a bag, while one of the teenagers revealed the gun which was tucked into the waistband of his jeans.

The owner said: "She was very shocked and frightened, and obviously extremely upset and quite shaken. The thing that was alarming was just how young these boys were. I find it really sad that something like this has happened, especially in Edinburgh. I have been here for eight years and never felt unsafe."

A few months ago the cafe's tip jar was stolen.

The police said the armed robbers were both aged 16-18.

Source: Evening News

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