An elderly woman has been assaulted in Fountainbridge by a large woman with missing teeth, as she went shopping.
The 87-year-old was attacked by a lone female at around 2pm yesterday afternoon near Rosemount Cottages, at the junction of Gardner’s Crescent.
Her attacker, who was unsteady on her feet, grabbed her around the neck and demanded she hand over her wallet.
A number of people arrived and the suspect made off up the steps that lead to Gardner’s Crescent.
She is described as white, heavy built, 35 to 45 years old, brown hair, missing teeth, wearing a tan or gold coloured hooded top, dark leggings, white trainers and carrying a large silver handbag.
Detective Sergeant Mike Leask from Police Scotland said: “This was an appalling attack on an elderly woman who has been left shaken and afraid to leave her home.
“We know that there are a number of witnesses to this incident but we ask that anyone who has any information or who recognises the description of the suspect should contact police on 101.”