Machete causes chop horror

Mr Qayuom at the scene of the crime
Mr Qayuom at the scene of the crime

A machete was alledgedly used in an attempted robbery in Fraserburgh. Police have appealed for information as the culprit is still at large.

The incident took place at the Broch’s Nickel & Dime shop in Saltoun Square on Monday 10th August at around 10.20am.

Assistant manager Zafar Qayuom was opening the store that morning with two other members of staff.

He said: “It happened in the morning, so there was not much money in the till.

“A guy aged about 16 to 17 came into the shop.

“He bought a bottle of orange juice that he bent down and put on the ground.

“He then gave me the 45p for the juice.”

It was at this point that the large knife was brandished.

“When I went to hand him his five pence change he said ‘stop, give me all the money’.

“I saw the tip of a machete, so said ‘Ok, no problem’.”

But instead of handing over any cash, he distracted the teenager by calling for help from his colleagues.

The assailant then ran out, kicking the door and breaking the bottom pane of glass on his way.

Staff were left shaken but uninjured.

No property or money was stolen during the incident.

The shop was closed for around five hours as police were called to investigate.

Police Scotland could not confirm if it was a machete, saying only that a “weapon was presented at a member of staff”.

Police are currently following a “number of lines of enquiries”, and urge anyone with information to get in touch.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Given the location and time of day, we are appealing for anyone who was in the area to come forward.”
The suspect was described as a male in late teens, wearing a black hoodie, black tracksuit bottoms and a black baseball cap with a white motif.

He is said to be between 5’8” and 5’10” tall and is believed to have made off in the direction of the North Braehead area of the town.

Police Scotland can be contacted on 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.