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A MAN has ap­peared in court charged with at­tempted mur­der fol­low­ing an al­leged rob­bery at an Aberdeen shop. Joseph Bis­sett ap­peared in pri­vate at Aberdeen Sher­iff Court yes­ter­day over the mat­ter. The 41-year-old faces a string of charges in­clud­ing as­sault to in­jury, dan­ger of life, at­tempted mur­der and rob­bery. He is also charged with two counts of pos­ses­sion of an of­fen­sive weapon, one of act­ing in a threat­en­ing and abu­sive man­ner and one of as­sault­ing or im­ped­ing po­lice. Bis­sett, whose gen­eral ad­dress was given as Aberdeen, made no plea dur­ing the hear­ing and was re­manded in cus­tody. The case was com­mit­ted for fur­ther ex­am­i­na­tion and he was ex­pected to ap­pear again within the next week. It comes af­ter po­lice were called to the Nisa Lo­cal on Heathry­fold Cir­cle be­fore 2.30pm on Thurs­day af­ter re­ceiv­ing re­ports of an in­ci­dent. A shop worker re­quired med­i­cal treat­ment for her in­juries but po­lice said they were not se­ri­ous. It hap­pened min­utes af­ter an in­ci­dent at the Pre­mier shop on March­burn Drive, dur­ing which a quan­tity of al­co­hol was al­legedly stolen. Po­lice were later seen re­mov­ing an item, wrapped in an ev­i­dence bag, from the scene at the Nisa Lo­cal. De­tec­tive Sergeant Stephen Beat­tie said: “I would like to thank those who as­sisted at the scene which en­abled of­fi­cers to take quick ac­tion.” Just hours be­fore the al­leged in­ci­dents, po­lice had warned Aberdeen busi­nesses to en­sure they have “ro­bust se­cu­rity mea­sures” in place fol­low­ing al­leged rob­beries and at­tempted rob­beries in the city.

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