Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Thief grabs man, 89, by the face in Edinburgh attack

Grange Road, Edinburgh
Image caption The man was attacked after getting off a bus in Grange Road, Edinburgh

A 89-year-old man is recovering after being grabbed by his face during an attempted robbery in Edinburgh.

Police said the man was attacked at about 10:10 on Saturday in Grange Road, at the junction with Chalmers Crescent, after getting off a bus.

The thief grabbed the man from behind and searched him, but fled when he was was unable to find anything of value.

Police believe the attacker had followed the man after getting on the bus at the same stop.

The victim had caught a number five Lothian Bus at Salisbury Place.

The attacker was described as being white, between 45 and 55 years old, about 5ft 10ins tall, of heavy build with grey hair.

He was wearing a dark jacket, black baseball cap, blue jeans and dark shoes.

A Lothian and Borders Police spokesman said: "Fortunately the victim was not seriously injured during this incident, nor was he robbed of any of his possessions.

"Nevertheless, being grabbed from behind and searched was an incredibly frightening experience and we are carrying out local enquiries to identify the male responsible."

The spokesman urged passengers on the bus, or anyone who saw a man acting suspiciously in Salisbury Road or Grange Road, to get in touch.

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