Woman held down on path during attempted robbery in Livingston

A woman is recovering after being pushed from behind and held on the ground while a thief searched her pockets.

The 63-year-old was walking on a footpath near Easter Bankton in Livingston, West Lothian, at about 16:30 on Sunday when she was attacked.

The woman did not see the thief come up behind her.

After finding that the woman had nothing in her pockets, the attacker made off empty-handed.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

A Lothian and Borders Police spokesman said: "The woman was not seriously injured as a result of this attack, but was understandably left incredibly shaken.

"The woman did not see her attacker at any point and so at this time we have no description of the suspect.

"However, given the time of day this incident occurred and the area being popular with dog walkers, there were potentially a number of witnesses who may have witnessed this incident.

"Anyone who was in the area are the time or who can assist officers is asked to contact police immediately."

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