Woman robbed at Bathgate cashpoint

The woman was attacked while using a cash machine. Picture: Ian Rutherford
The woman was attacked while using a cash machine. Picture: Ian Rutherford
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Police in West Lothian are appealing for witnesses after a woman was robbed whilst using a cash machine in Bathgate.

The woman in her 50s was withdrawing cash from the Bank Of Scotland ATM on the corner of Hopetoun Street and North Bridge Street at around 3.25pm yesterday, Tuesday 1 December 2015, when a man approached and pushed her over before taking money from her hand and running off. He was chased by a number of people but was not caught.

Detective Inspector Mark Henderson from Livingston CID said: “This cowardly attack left a woman shaken and in pain with a graze to her knee, all for a very small sum of money.

“I’m very grateful to those passers by who immediately came to the woman’s aid, and to those who pursued the man. I’m keen to speak to anyone else who was in the town centre at the time and may have witnessed this robbery, or saw the man beforehand or afterwards.”

The suspect ran off up the hill into Jarvey Street. He is described as white with a tanned complexion, between 18 and 20 years old, between 5 foot 8 and 5 foot 10 inches tall and of slim build. He was wearing a green jacket, a hoodie with the hood up, a dark coloured cap, blue jeans and white trainers and was carrying a black rucksack.

Anyone with information should call Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.