Syringe may have been used in robbery

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A MAN was attacked by two robbers suspected of being armed with a syringe in the early hours of this morning.

Police are appealing for witnesses after the incident, which happened near Portobello Golf Course at around 12.45am,

The 45-year-old victim was walking on his own past Hope Lane and as he approached the exit of the footbridge in this area two men came towards him.

They grabbed him and he felt a pain in his shoulder.

The men stole his mobile phone and fled the footbridge towards the golf course.

The victim went home and contacted the police and ambulance.

He was taken to hospital as a precaution to check on an injury to his shoulder.

Officers are now urging anyone who can assist with their inquiries to come forward.

The first suspect is described as white and around 5ft 8ins tall. He was wearing a grey sweatshirt and jeans and spoke with a local accent.

The second suspect is described as white, and was slightly smaller than the first suspect. He was wearing a black sweatshirt, jeans and also spoke with a local accent.

Detective Constable Kevin Walls from Craigmillar CID said: “At this time we are carrying out inquiries to establish whether the victim may have been assaulted with a syringe and while he was at hospital he was given all the necessary treatments and tests as a precaution.

“As part of this investigation we would like to speak to anyone who was in or around Hope Lane and the Portobello Golf Course during the early hours of Thursday morning and who remembers seeing anything suspicious.

“In addition, anyone with any further information that can help us identify the suspects is also asked to contact police immediately.”

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