Police issue pickpocketing warning as two charged following incidents in city centre

Police are investigating an assault in a takeaway shop in Falkirk
Police are investigating an assault in a takeaway shop in Falkirk

Police in Edinburgh have arrested and charged two people in connection with three pickpocketing incidents in the city centre.

The incidents happened between June and August near to the Scotch Whisky Experience, The Queen’s Gallery, and Edinburgh Castle on the Royal Mile.

A 49-year-old man and 29-year-old woman are expected to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court today.

Sergeant George Liddle from the West End Police Station said: “The Festival is an exciting time to be in Edinburgh and it is unfortunate that there are some in our city who will target members of the public as they enjoy everything that the capital has to offer at this time of the year.

“As part of Operation Summer City, the public will see high-visibility patrols in busy areas and officers are on hand to offer advice to people and respond to any issues should they occur.

“We would ask that the public remain vigilant and ensure that all valuables are kept safe and secure whilst out and about.

“Do not take large sums of cash out in public, and when carrying money make sure purses and wallets are kept in a zipped inside pocket. All bags should be closed and where possible shoulder and hand bags should be worn in front of you, against your body.

“Anyone with concerns regarding pickpocketing activity should report this to Police Scotland via 101, or to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”