Retailer Bashir Ahmed passed away following a shoplifting and assault at a store in Newtongrange, Lothian, Police Scotland has revealed.

At around 7pm on 18 August, police were called to a Best-one store on Main Street in Newtongrange.

The call followed the report of a shoplifting incident and assault by a female youth at the premises.

The 69-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “The death is being treated as unexplained, and enquiries into the circumstances remain ongoing.”

The female youth was not reported in connection with the death of the 69-year-old, and no charge has currently been brought forward, according to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.

Fed national president Muntazir Dipoti said: “We are deeply saddened to hear about the recent event involving one of our members, Bashir Ahmed. Our thoughts are with the family, and we are reaching out to offer our support in any possible way.

“Shop theft is not a victimless crime, it is a blight on retailers and can disrupt people’s lives significantly. 

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