Handbag thieves knock over toddler in Livingston

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A TODDLER was knocked over by two teenagers on bikes as they robbed a handbag from a young mum.

The 21-year-old woman was pushing her infant son in a buggy while her 20-month-old son walked in front when they were attacked on Tuesday.

As they walked down The Loan Path adjacent to Columbia Avenue, they passed a play park when two boys riding a bike approached at speed and knocked the toddler over before cycling away.

While the woman checked on her son the youths returned and, after a struggle, stole her handbag, containing a three-figure sum.

Police are now appealing for witnesses to come forward.

The first suspect is described as white, between 13 and 15-years-old, 5ft 5ins tall with a slim build and short cropped fair hair. He was wearing a dirty grey hooded top and red bottoms.

The second suspect is described as white, between 13 and 15-years-old, around 5ft 2ins tall with a slim build and untidy dark hair. He was wearing a dark hooded top and dark grey jogging bottoms.

Inspector Ali Hutchens said: “This was a despicable and opportunistic robbery where the suspects have shown no consideration for the well-being of a young child.

“Fortunately neither the toddler nor his mother were injured but were both left very distressed and we are keen to hear from anyone who can help us trace these youths.

“Anyone who was in the area and witnessed anything suspicious, or who has information relevant to this investigation is asked to contact police immediately.”

Those with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or alternatively, the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.