88-year-old man attacked and robbed in his own home

McAlpine struggled with police
McAlpine struggled with police

AN 88-year-old man was attacked in his home, pinned down, and had a chain he had worn for 60 years stolen.

The assault and robbery, which has been revealed by his family on social media, happened in Leith, Edinburgh, last night.

At least two members of the gang are women and one of the females removed the chain from the victim while other attackers sat on his legs.

A member of the victim’s family, writing on Facebook, said: “Father-in-law robbed and assaulted in his own flat in Leith, held down, and chain he had been wearing round his neck for 60 years was removed by one of the women.

“What a sad way to treat someone who is 88.”

The family member added: “Thanks for being concerned. Father-in-law a bit shaken by this. Father-in-law OK. Can’t believe someone would steal his chain.

“It shows you when people are desperate for cash they will sink so low.”

The disturbing post was met with support from the local community who were outraged to hear about the incident.

And one local wrote: “That’s so sad. Absolute cowards picking on an old man. He will need plenty of support.

“Such a hard thing to get over being violated like that. Fingers crossed they get caught and dealt with.”

Several angry Scots have asked the family to share photographs of the chain so local pawn shops can keep an eye out for it being brought in by the thieves.

Today Police Scotland confirmed the incident happened on Monday evening.

The gold Maltese cross on a gold chain has since been trace however it is unknown whether it was returned or dumped afterwards.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Police in Edinburgh are investigating following an assault and robbery in the Leith area of the city.

“The incident happened sometime between 9.30 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Monday 28th August within an address in Manderston Street.

“An 88-year-old man sustained minor injuries and was robbed of a gold pendant chain by two women who entered his home.

“Officers have since recovered the pendant and inquiries are ongoing to trace the suspect.

“Anyone with information is asked to come forward.”