Man, 41, charged over two city in­ci­dents

Evening Express (City Final) - - Front Page - BY CRAIG PA­TON

A MAN was to ap­pear in court to­day in con­nec­tion with an al­leged rob­bery at a city shop.

Po­lice were called to the Nisa Lo­cal in Heathry­fold Cir­cle at just be­fore 2.30pm yes­ter­day after re­ceiv­ing re­ports of an in­ci­dent. It hap­pened min­utes after an in­ci­dent at the Premier shop in March­burn Drive, dur­ing which a quan­tity of al­co­hol was al­legedly stolen. A 41-year-old man was due to ap­pear at Aberdeen Sher­iff Court to­day in con­nec­tion with both in­ci­dents. Po­lice praised the pub­lic for their “quick ac­tion” in re­la­tion to the in­ci­dent at the Nisa Lo­cal shop. A shop worker re­quired med­i­cal treat­ment for in­juries she sus­tained dur­ing the in­ci­dent. Her in­juries were not se­ri­ous. Po­lice of­fi­cers were later seen re­mov­ing an item, wrapped in an ev­i­dence bag, from the scene. De­tec­tive Sergeant Stephen Beat­tie said: “I would like to thank those who as­sisted at the scene which en­abled of­fi­cers to take quick ac­tion.” A po­lice spokes­woman said to­day: “We can con­firm the 41-year-old man who was ar­rested fol­low­ing an al­leged rob­bery in the Heathry­fold Cir­cle area of Aberdeen dur­ing yes­ter­day af­ter­noon has been charged. “He has also been charged in con­nec­tion with an­other in­ci­dent at a store at March­burn Drive also yes­ter­day af­ter­noon. “It is an­tic­i­pated he will ap­pear at Aberdeen Sher­iff Court to­day.” The al­leged in­ci­dents came just hours after po­lice warned Aberdeen busi­nesses to en­sure they have “ro­bust se­cu­rity mea­sures” in place. The warn­ing fol­lowed a num­ber of al­leged rob­beries and at­tempted rob­beries in the city over the past 12 days. De­tec­tive Chief In­spec­tor Lorna Fer­gu­son said: “The re­al­ity of work­ing in re­tail is you can’t pre­dict who will come into your store or how they will be­have. “Rob­beries don’t just af­fect your tak­ings – they af­fect the staff, too, who have to deal with such a trau­matic or­deal – as well as any cus­tomers who are un­lucky enough to be there at the time. “I must stress that gen­er­ally re­tail­ers in the city have en­tirely ap­pro­pri­ate se­cu­rity mea­sures in place and are ex­tremely will­ing to work with lo­cal po­lice of­fi­cers to en­sure the safety of their busi­ness and the sur­round­ing com­mu­nity.” She added: “How­ever it is im­por­tant we is­sue this timely re­minder to en­sure there is al­ways a firm fo­cus on se­cu­rity and the safety of staff.”

Po­lice of­fi­cers taped off the Nisa Lo­cal shop on Heathry­fold Cir­cle fol­low­ing an al­leged rob­bery

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