Police appeal for witnesses following Whitecraig attack

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Police in East Lothian are appealing for witnesses after a man was attacked and robbed in broad daylight on a secluded cycle path in Whitecraig.

The incident occurred around 3pm on Sunday, July 17th, when the 24-year-old was making his way to work on a footpath off Whitecraig Road, opposite the Mercat restaurant.

As he was passing the entrance to the southbound cyclepath, a male engaged him in conversation and led him under the arch into a secluded area.

The male then punched him to his head resulting in the victim falling to the ground and losing consciousness.

When he awoke he discovered that his wallet and mobile phone had been stolen.

Local police are now carrying out inquiries into this matter and are today appealing to anyone who can help identify the suspect.

The male attacker is described as white, had a large build, dark hair, wore a cram coloured jacket and spoke with an Irish accent.

Detective Constable William Dickson who is based in Dalkeith police station said: “Our inquiries into this matter are ongoing and I urge anyone who was in the area of Whitecraig Road between 3pm and 5pm on Sunday to contact Police.

“The victim required treatment for a minor injury and was left badly shaken.”

Those with relevant information are asked to contact police on 101 or alternatively the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.