WORKER HURT IN ALLEGED SHOP RAID
Man, 41, charged over two city incidents
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