Women robbed at knifepoint in two incidents in Edinburgh

Police are linking two incidents which saw women robbed at knifepoint overnight in Edinburgh.

The first happened just after 1am on Sunday when a 20-year-old woman was walking in the Sciennes House Place area.

She was approached by two men, one of whom was on a bike, who threatened her before stealing her handbag and phone.

The suspects are both described as white and aged in their late 20s or early 30s.

A second incident took place around half an hour later in Drummond Street.

A 22-year-old woman walking east towards Roxburgh Street was approached by two men, one on a grey bicycle, who threatened her with a knife.

The men made off with the woman’s bag, which contained a laptop, towards Roxburgh Street.

Detective Sergeant Dougal Begg of Corstorphine CID said: “These have been extremely frightening incidents for the victims and a thorough investigation of the events is now under way.

“We believe that these incidents are linked and would ask any members of the public who can help us identify those involved to come forward as soon as possible.

“The areas where both incidents happened are heavily populated with residential and business premises.

“I’d urge anyone with private CCTV, or who may have heard a disturbance in these areas in the early hours of this morning, to get in touch with officers immediately.

“These type of incidents are thankfully rare and officers are continuing to provide the necessary support to the victims.”

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