Witness appeal after OAP robbed by thugs

The man's neighbours alerted poilice. Picture: Julie Bull
The man's neighbours alerted poilice. Picture: Julie Bull
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Police in Edinburgh are appealing for witnesses after an elderly man was assaulted and robbed.

The 96-year-old was in his Lochend Avenue home at around 5.30pm yesterday when his door was knocked.

When he answered a man pushed him to the ground and stole a two-figure sum of cash from his wallet before making off.

The man’s neighbours came to his aid and contacted police who are now urging anyone who can assist with their enquiries to come forward.

The suspect is described only as being white and wearing a red top.

Detective Constable Joe Perkins said: “Fortunately, the elderly victim was not injured as a result of this incident. Nevertheless, he was left deeply upset after being robbed in his own home.

“We are keen to hear from local residents and members of the public who were in Lochend Avenue on Monday evening and remember seeing anything suspicious, or who can help us trace the male responsible.

“Similarly, anyone with any other information relating to this investigation is also asked to contact police immediately.”

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