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Witness appeal after two incidents on Sunday night

posted 17 Feb 2009, 07:00 by myEdinburgh Admin   [ updated 17 Feb 2009, 07:01 ]

Police are appealing for witnesses following an attempted handbag snatch, and a robbery, in Edinburgh on Sunday night (February 15).

At about 7.10pm, a 60-year-old woman was approached by a man and a woman in Manderston Street. The man tried to engage her in conversation before grabbing the strap of her handbag. A struggle ensued and the woman shouted for help before the suspects made off towards Leith Walk having failed to snatch the bag.

About ten minutes later, a 39-year-old woman was approached by the two suspects, who grabbed her shopping bags, and assaulted her, as she walked past Leith Water World from the Scotmid Car Park. This time the pair made off with her shopping.

The man is described as being white, between 30-40-years-old, 5ft 5-10ins tall, of medium build. He was wearing dark clothing and spoke with an Edinburgh accent.

The woman is white, between 25-35-years-old 5ft 5-6ins tall and of slim to medium build. She had fair hair, which was tied back in a ponytail.

A police spokeswoman said: 'While neither woman was seriously injured, this experience has left them both understandably shaken. We believe these incidents are linked, and are appealing for anyone who may have seen the man and woman in the area, or who recognises the description, to get in touch with police.'

Anyone with information is asked to contact Lothian and Borders Police on 0131 311 3131 or Crimestoppers in confidence and complete anonymity on 0800 555 111.

Source: Lothian and Borders Police