Teenage gang target young woman on the Meadows

The young woman was approached on the Meadows. Picture: Scott Taylor
The young woman was approached on the Meadows. Picture: Scott Taylor
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Police are appealing for witnesses following the attempted robbery of a young woman in the Meadows by three teenage boys.

The incident happened at around 4pm on Monday in north Meadow Walk, at its junction with Meadow Lane.

The 20-year-old victim, who was walking in the area, noticed three males on the path, close to a path that leads to Buccleauch Place.

As she approached North Meadow Walk’s junction with Meadow Lane, one of the men repeatedly asked her for money and warned that he had a knife.

But she refused to hand over the cash and the three suspects then made off towards Hope Park Crescent.

The first was 5ft 1in, wearing a grey zipper and dark trousers, and had his top pulled up over his face.

The second was 5ft 2in, wearing dark clothing with his hair and face covered.

The third was 5ft 7in, and also wearing dark clothing with his hair and face covered.

All three have been described as aged around 15 or 16-years-old,

Detective Constable Kevin Walls, of Craigmillar Police Station, said: “This incident happened in daylight, so it’s possible that someone would’ve noticed the group of males standing together.

“At the time of the incident, a jogger ran nearby which caused the suspects to back off slightly, so we’re also appealing to that person who might have some information. The woman refused to give the suspects any money, but it was still a frightening experience.”

Those with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.