A Good Samaritan who went to the aid of the victim of an assault and robbery early yesterday is being sought by police.
The young woman helped the victim back home after the incident around 8.20am on Grange Road, Edinburgh.
Detective Sergeant Steve Clark, who is based at Craigmillar, said: “She had helped a 19-year-old female student who just minutes previously had been assaulted and robbed of her phone and handbag.
“The young woman had been walking on the north footpath of Grange Road when she was stopped by her attacker and asked for the time. He then grabbed her, wrapped his arms around her and stole her mobile phone and handbag.
“He made off in the direction of Mansionhouse Road, discarding the phone and handbag but keeping its contents.
“It was at this point that the other young woman went to her aid and helped her home. She did not leave any contact details and we are keen to talk to her.”
The young woman, and anyone else who has information about this incident, is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 or the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
The suspect is described as a white male, aged around 30 - 35 years of slim build, with short dark hair and talking with a Scottish accent. He was wearing a black puffa-style jacket and light blue jeans.