By Amy Sutherland
The assault of a man and robbery of a betting shop within a few streets and days of each other has prompted Lothian and Borders Police to issue a reassuring message to local residents.
A 43-year-old man was attacked on the afternoon of Sunday 25th October as he walked the Water of Leith, near its visitor centre on Slateford Road. He was approached by three teenage boys who demanded money and punched the man in the head. Although the victim was not badly hurt, he was left shaken.
In another incident on Wednesday 4th November, a man entered Ladbrokes on Kingsknowe North Road wearing a black Halloween mask and brandishing a knife. He fled in the direction of Longstone Inn pub having obtained a three-figure sum of money.
A police spokesman encouraged residents in the south-west of the city centre not to be alarmed as these are “two isolated incidents and in no way do they reflect a common trend.”
When asked if there were any plan to improve safety in the area, he said “Our officers already conduct regular foot and mobile patrols,” and that “there were no plans to increase their frequency at present.”
He emphasised that “the area enjoys a relatively low crime rate,” and local residents “should be reassured that police will continue to work with partners in the local community in order to make it an even safer place to live.”