Dundee newsagent offers £500 to catch knife-wielding robber

Police outside the newsagent

The owner of a newsagents targeted by a knife-wielding robber has offered a £500 reward for any information that leads to the man being caught.

Police Scotland has appealed for information following the crime at Blackness News, Blackness Road, in the city’s West End.

At around 8.15pm on Friday, a male entered the store, showed a knife to the shop assistant and stole between £400 and £500 before running off.

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The suspect was last seen running into Rosefield Place.

The force said the male had been witnessed standing at the junction of Blackness Road and Blackness Street for a “significant” period before committing the robbery.

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Yesterday, the shop’s owner Shazad Latif offered a reward in a bid to catch him.

He told the Tele: “We have been trading here for 12 years and we have never had any issue whatsoever. It’s a quiet area and we have got a lot of students. It has always been a decent area.

“We are putting out a reward for £500 for information to lead to a conviction. I’m not bothered about getting the money back that’s long gone.

“I’m glad my staff member is safe and unhurt. I wish I could have been there — I’m just angry that I wasn’t there. I don’t want any of my staff feeling threatened. Our main objective is to help the authorities to get the person caught. Anybody with any sort of information no matter how small they think it is it could be something for the police.”

The suspect is described as a black male, of slim build, 5ft 11in, aged between 25 and 30, and with facial hair. He was wearing a navy parka-style jacket with a fur-trimmed hood, black tracksuit bottoms, black training shoes and black gloves.

Mr Latif has reviewed CCTV footage, which he says shows the man standing outside the shop for about 25 minutes prior to the incident.

He added: “He then came into the store and went to get a drink from the fridge before going to the till and saying he didn’t have any money then left. He then came back into the store, got a drink from the fridge again and then went up to the till and took the knife out.”

Detective Constable Andrew Howe described it as a “very frightening experience”.

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