Police appeal for witnesses following Royal Mile attempted robbery

Police appeal for witnesses following Royal Mile attempted robbery

Police in Edinburgh are appealing for witnesses following an attempted robbery in the Royal Mile area.

The incident happened at around 10.50pm on Wednesday 23 May, at the top of Cranston Street where it joins the Royal Mile.

A 64-year-old man was approached by a man who asked for money. The victim refused however the suspect offered to do a magic trick in return for money.

Again, the victim refused, at which point the suspect threatened the man whilst demanding he handed over money.

During the incident two men intervened and the suspect made off on foot in the direction of St Mary’s Street.

Inquiries are ongoing to trace the identity of the man responsible and anyone who can help is asked to come forward.

The suspect is described as a white man, aged between 30-35-years-old, around 6ft tall and of slim build. He was wearing a parka style jacket, dark-coloured trousers and Dr Martens-style boots. He also hard a large key on a string around his neck and was carrying two sleeping bags.

Detective Constable Iain Wallace of Gayfield CID said: “The victim was thankfully left unharmed as a result of the incident but was left understandably distressed.

“I am keen to trace the two men who stepped in and assisted the victim. They stopped in a vehicle, described as being a white flatbed van, on the Royal Mile before the suspect fled.

“Anyone who witnessed what happened, or who recognises the description of the suspect, is asked to get in touch.”

Those with information can contact Police Scotland on 101, quoting incident number 4646 of 23 May, or report this anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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