'Spate' of phones stolen from Edinburgh pubs and clubs
Police are warning people to keep their belongings safe following a "spate" of mobile phone thefts in Edinburgh city centre last week.
About 40 phones were stolen from pubs and clubs between Wednesday 30 October and Sunday 3 November.
The victims reported having their belongings removed from their handbag or coat.
The majority of the thefts took place while the victims were carrying their bags.
Sgt Kevin Rafferty, of Police Scotland, said: "Edinburgh remains a safe place to enjoy the night time economy. However, criminals continue to operate throughout the capital and it is important that the public take all the necessary steps to ensure they are not targeted.
"Handbags and coats should never be left unattended while within a pub, club or restaurant.
"Where possible keep them within your possession or check them into a cloakroom where they will be supervised.
"When walking to and from pubs and clubs and when on your way home always be aware of your surroundings and report anyone acting suspiciously around you to police."