Man mugged by Leith Walk ‘pitbull’ thugs

Police are appealing for witnesses. Pic: File
Police are appealing for witnesses. Pic: File
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POLICE are hunting two muggers with pitbulls who attacked and robbed a 61-year-old man on Leith Walk.

The attack happened sometime between 11.30pm on Friday and 1.30am on Saturday.

The victim was walking past the Central Bar when the pair who had two pitbull-type dogs with them engaged him in conversation before all three walked up a nearby side street as the man looked for a taxi home.

The male attacker then threatened the man and demanded he hand over his possessions.

Following a struggle, the victim suffered fractures to his wrist and ribs and the suspects made off with his wallet and watch.

Detective Constable Shiela Silvagni said: “We are still trying to establish the exact time this incident occurred and are keen to hear from patrons of nearby pubs and restaurants, or local residents who remember seeing anything suspicious.

“Similarly, anyone with information that can help trace the suspects is also asked to contact police immediately.”

The male attacker is described as white, balding and wearing a dark blue jacket, blue jeans and dark footwear. He was carrying a rucksack. The female is described as white with dark hair in a ponytail. She was wearing a blue-sleeved hooded top with grey hood, a purple body warmer, dark trousers and blue footwear.

Anyone with information should contact Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.