Detective Sergeant Dolores Black said: “At around 3.45 pm a man delivering cigarettes to a local supermarket was approached by a male wearing a long black coat.
“The male attempted to make off with a quantity of cigarettes but was challenged by passers-by and fled the scene empty-handed in the direction of Willowholme Street
“We believe this male would have been very noticeable in the long coat, particularly given this afternoon’s warm weather.
“We are keen to hear from anyone who noticed him in the area or anyone who may have witnessed the robbery attempt.”
“Detectives can be contacted at Musgrave Police Station by calling 101.
“If someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.”