Teen left terrified after attempted robbery

A third person has been arrested and charged with murder following the death of a young man. Picture: Contributed
A third person has been arrested and charged with murder following the death of a young man. Picture: Contributed
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A TEENAGE girl has been left badly shaken after being assaulted in an attempted robbery.

Police are appealing for witnesses following the attack on the 18-year-old in the Northfield area of the city.

The incident happened around 1.40am on Saturday morning when the victim was walking west on Portobello Road. When passing the bus stop outside Piershill Cemetery, a man on a bicycle approached her and asked for the time.

After a brief conversation, she continued on to Northfield Broadway but was aware of the same man cycling behind her. He unsuccessfully attempted to grab her bag from her shoulder, and after a struggle he cycled off in the direction of Northfield. The victim took refuge in Giovanni’s chip shop on Northfield Broadway.

Officers are now urging anyone who can assist with their enquiries to come forward.

The suspect is described as white, late 20s, skinny build, tanned complexion, short dark hair with fringe, wearing dark zip up hoody and jogging bottoms, and riding a silver and black bike.

Detective Constable John McShane said: “Fortunately the victim didn’t sustain serious injury but she was left badly shaken by this attempted robbery.

“The area was fairly busy with customers from the bar and the chip shop in the area, and we are asking for anyone with information that may assist with our enquiries to come forward.

“Similarly, anyone who recognises the description of the suspect, or noticed someone riding a bike in the area in the early hours of Saturday morning, should contact Police immediately.”

Anyone with information should contact Police Scotland on 101.