Police appeal after woman robbed at ATM

Police are hunting two men after a woman was robbed at an ATM.

The woman, 33, had just withdrawn money from the cashpoint outside the Scotmid on Restalrig Road South in Edinburgh when one of two men who had been standing nearby came up and threatened her.

He stole a two-figure sum of money from her before running off in the direction of Sleigh Drive.

The second man, who did not speak to the woman, headed off in the same direction shortly afterwards.

Police are appealing for information about the incident which happened at about 5.55pm on Saturday.

Detective Sergeant Iona Cory of Gayfield CID said: “This was a despicable incident which saw a woman on her own targeted as she withdrew money from a cashpoint.

“This is being treated with the utmost seriousness and a robust investigation is currently under way to trace these men, supported by local officers who will be conducting increased high visibility patrols in this area for the coming days.

“The area was busy with pedestrians and motorists at the time and, as part of our ongoing inquiries, I’d ask anyone who may have witnessed this, anyone who may have seen the men in the area, or any motorists who captured them on dashcam footage, to get in touch with us as soon as possible.”

Both of the men are described as white, 5ft 9in to 10ins tall, of slim to medium build and wearing dark clothing.

The first man had his lower face covered and was wearing bright white trainers, while the second man had white flashes on his shoes and wore dark brown/tan-coloured gloves.

Anyone with information can contact Police Scotland on 101, quoting incident number 2933 of January 19, or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where anonymity can be maintained.