Hunt for robber who punched woman

Police are keen to speak to witnesses. Picture: Julie Bull
Police are keen to speak to witnesses. Picture: Julie Bull
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Police are appealing for witnesses following an assault and robbery in the Capital.

The incident happened around 10.45pm yesterday in the East Craigs area of the city.

A 43-year-old woman was walking home when a man approached as she reached the vennel leading between houses at the east end of Mearenside.

The victim was punched to the back of the neck before being robbed of her handbag.

The attacker then made off towards Bughtlin Park and the woman contacted police.

Enquiries are now ongoing to trace the suspect and anyone who can help trace him is asked to come forward.

He is described as white, between 30 and 40-years-old, between 5ft 4ins and 5ft 7ins tall with a medium build, dark brown hair that was shaven at the sides, stubble and a broken upper tooth.

Detective Sergeant Robert Wallace said: “Fortunately the woman was not seriously injured, but was left very shaken as a result of this attack.

“We have a very detailed description of the suspect and would be keen to hear from anyone who can help us identify him.

“In addition, anyone who remembers seeing any suspicious activity in East Craigs area on Sunday evening 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.