Professor robbed minutes after arriving in Edinburgh

The woman was attacked in Southside. Picture: file

The woman was attacked in Southside. Picture: file

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A WOMAN who was attacked and robbed in Edinburgh had only arrived in the city just minutes before.

The 42-year-old visiting professor was approached by two men at about 10.40pm on Wednesday in Richmond Place, shortly after she had arrived from the airport.

The woman, who was in the city for a conference, was punched in the face and had her laptop and handbag stolen.

Police are now hunting the men in question, who are described as Mediterranean in appearance and French speakers.

They both left in the direction of Lidl’s car park or the Kenneth McKenzie Building.

The suspects have since been spotted in a bottle-green Renault Clio and police are urging anyone with information to come forward.

The first suspect is described as being in his 20s, around 5ft tall and slim. He is said to have a tanned complexion with a stubble and a goatee beard.

The second suspect is around 5ft 7in or 5ft 8in, in his 20s or 30s, and of a heavy build.

He also is described as having a tanned complexion and stubble.

Detective Constable John McShane said: “This was an abhorrent attack on a visitor to Edinburgh. Thankfully she was not seriously injured but she was left shaken and shocked.”