Young mum assaulted and robbed in front of child

Police have appealed for witnesses after a young mother was assaulted and robbed.
Police have appealed for witnesses after a young mother was assaulted and robbed.
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A young mother has been shoved to the ground and robbed while walking with her two-year old child.

Police in West Lothian are appealing for witnesses after the ‘despicable’ incident in Bathgate at around 6pm on Thursday evening.

The 21 year old victim was walking from Morrison’s supermarket, while pushing her two-year old child in a pushchair. She crossed the car park and walked onto the cycle path going towards Birniehill, Bathgate.

As she made her way halfway up the cycle path, she was pushed onto the ground from behind and her bag was taken from her by the suspect. The suspect fled along the cycle back in the direction of Morrison’s.

The suspect is described as white, in his late teens or early twenties, and wearing a light grey hooded top with the hood up, and dark jogging bottoms.

Detective Constable Stephen McCormick said: “This robbery and assault was particularly despicable given the victim was a mother with a young child.

“We are working to trace the suspect and are asking anyone who was in the area of the cycle path at Morrison’s in Bathgate yesterday around 6pm, to contact police immediately.”

Anyone with information should contact Police Scotland on 101.