Bus staff’s cash surprise for man, 90, robbed at ATM

The elderly man was robbed at this cashpoint. Picture: TSPL

The elderly man was robbed at this cashpoint. Picture: TSPL

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A GROUP of Good Samaritans have clubbed together to donate almost £100 to a 90-year-old man who was robbed at a city cashpoint.

Kind-hearted staff at the Lothian Buses depot in Longstone were so shocked to hear about the elderly man’s ordeal at the nearby Stenhouse Tesco Express ATM that they decided to do something to help.

It shows there is kindness after all in the world, despite all the problems”

Cameron Buchanan

The team, who do not want to be identified, clubbed together to raise £90 for the victim. They handed the cash over at Wester Hailes police station, and it was passed on to the elderly man.

The victim is understood to be delighted by the gesture, however he is so traumatised by the ordeal that he is not comfortable in speaking publicly about it.

Today, the Lothian Buses employees were praised by their boss for their selfless actions.

Sarah Boyd, head of bus operations at the firm, said: “The staff at Longstone have a strong sense of community spirit and I am extremely proud of the kindness and generosity they have shown to toward this elderly gentleman.”

The incident took place last Sunday afternoon at around 1.45pm, while the pensioner was using the ATM at Tesco Express, in Stenhouse Place East.

When the money was dispensed from the machine, the man waiting behind the 90-year-old grabbed it and ran off.

Police said he was last seen running towards Saughton, along Stevenson Drive. The victim was not harmed in the incident and contacted police immediately.

Inspector Bob Innes said: “The fundraisers have shown a real sense of community spirit and I’d like to thank them for their generosity. We’re still appealing for information and would ask anyone who can assist with our inquiries to contact Police Scotland on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

The suspect is described as a white man in his early thirties with a slim build and about 5ft 6in tall.

He was wearing a blue padded jacket with a cord collar and blue jeans.

According to the police description, his nose has been broken several times.

Conservative Lothian MSP Cameron Buchanan praised the bus staff for their generosity in organising a collection for the victim of the cashpoint robbery. He said: “This was an awful crime – thieves preying on vulnerable and defenceless elderly people – and it’s great to hear of the way the Lothian Buses staff have responded.

“It shows there is kindness after all in the world, despite all the problems, and thoughtful people who want to help others.”

Councillor Cammy Day, community safety leader, said: “This is a fantastic effort by the bus drivers, showing there are compassionate people out there who want to help others in their time of need. I’m sure the man will be overwhelmed.”

kaye.nicolson@edinburghnews.com