A DISABLED grandmother was attacked by a teenage girl on a trip to the shops in her mobility scooter.
Pauline Wilson – who lost part of her right leg five years ago – was approached by a gang of hoodie-wearing teens and was left shocked after one of the young girls slapped her in the face.
I was in total shock as I couldn’t really take in what had happened. I was shaking and just burst into tears.Pauline Wilson
The vulnerable 56-year-old gran-of-seven was apparently left with a red hand print across her cheek following the “disgusting” assault near her home in Gracemount, Edinburgh around 4.50pm on Sunday.
Police have now launched a hunt for the teenage girl, thought to be around 14 years old.
Pauline, who rarely goes out on her own due to her disability, decided to make a rare unaccompanied outing to the shops for groceries and admits the incident has now left her “scared to leave the house”.
Pauline said: “I had just left the shops in Gracemount and was making my way home past the primary school in my disability scooter.
“I saw the gang up ahead but thought nothing of it, and as they approached me I turned my head to make sure no one was behind me and they could pass by easily.
“But as we passed each other one of the wee girl’s slapped me so hard in the face. I was in total shock as I couldn’t really take in what had happened. I was shaking and just burst into tears.
“They were all laughing and joking and not one of them asked me if I was alright. They seemed very blasé about hitting an older woman.
“I feel disgusted anyone could do this, never mind a child. I only hope someone hands her in to the police as it could have been a lot worse and I don’t really want this happening to another elderly person.”
She added “I was left with a stinging face and a red hand print on my cheek. I’m a bit nervous about going out on my own at the best of times but this had me worse. But I am determined the little thugs won’t win and I’ll be back out on my scooter soon.”
Daughter Leanne Wilson, 34, called police after receiving a “horrendous phone call” from her mother following the assault.
Leanne, from Edinburgh, said: “I can’t believe someone would carry out such a disgusting attack on a defenceless disabled woman. What kind of people do such a thing? She has part of her leg missing and was in a mobility scooter – it’s beyond comprehension.”