Jogger attacked on Water of Leith

The attack happened close to the Water of Leith. Picture: Google
The attack happened close to the Water of Leith. Picture: Google

A MORNING jogger suffered painful cut to the head after he was attacked by a robber close to the Water of Leith.

The 21-year-old victim was jogging west between Gorgie Road and the allotments at Stenhouse Mill Lane when he was struck on the head and fell to the ground.

The incident happened around 8.10 am on yesterday at a path behind Saughton Mill Carpets when the thief attempted to steal the man’s phone.

However, the victim refused to let go of the item and the attacker ran off towards Stenhouse Mill Lane and Gorgie Road and police have launched an appeal for witnesses.

The suspect is described as white, between 17 and 20-years-old, around 5ft 10ins to 6ft tall with an average to stocky build, short dark hair and a clean-shaven face. He was wearing a dark hooded jumper with a large pocket at the front, dark tracksuit trousers with a single white stripe down the legs and white trainers.

Detective Sergeant Robbie Wallace from Corstorphine Police Station said: “The victim suffered a painful cut to his head, which required treatment at hospital. Though, thankfully, he wasn’t seriously injured.

“We are actively looking to trace the suspect and anyone who recognises his description is urged to contact police immediately.

“I would also request that anyone who saw anything suspicious on the Water of Leith footpath between Gorgie Road and Stenhouse Mill Lane on Monday morning to get in touch.”

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