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A major investigation is underway after a gang wearing balaclavas stole a five figure sum from two men at the Royal Bank of Scotland in St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, around 1.40am on Sunday.

A 27 year-old and a 57-year-old man were depositing the money at a night safe when four men in balaclavas robbed them.

One of the men was assaulted while the bag of money was stolen.

The gang made off in a dark saloon car towards Queen Street before driving through York Place on the wrong side of the road.

Inspector Graham Grant said: “I would like to re-assure the public this appears to be an isolated incident and isn’t a crime that regularly occurs.

“This has been a terrifying experience for the two victims and left one of them with a facial injury.

“The centre of Edinburgh was busy last night and we urge anyone who saw the incident or the vehicle to get in touch via 101.”