POLICE are appealing for information following an assault and robbery in a common stair in Edinburgh in the early hours of Monday.
Around 1.25am a 20-year-old woman was entering the stair on Nicolson Street when a man took hold of her from behind. The woman fell to the ground after a struggle. The man and a second man pulled her handbag from her and ran off towards the bridges.
Detective Constable John McShane from Craigmillar CID said: “The woman was extremely shaken by this attack but fortunately not seriously hurt. I’m keen to speak to anyone who was in Nicolson Street at the time of the assault and robbery and may have seen the two men before or after.”
The first man is described as white, in his 30s, of slim build, 5 foot 6 inches tall and was wearing a dark grey hooded top, a dark puffer body warmer and dark jogging bottoms. The second man was white and of slim build and was also wearing dark joggers.
The handbag contained items including a laptop and a rare coin. DC McShane continued: “We have since recovered the coin and a 44-year-old woman has been arrested and charged for reset and will be appearing at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on 20 April. The laptop is still missing and so I want to hear from anyone who may be offered such an item in suspicious circumstances.”
Anyone with information which may assist the enquiry should contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.