Assault in Leith

By Faith Orr

A woman was assaulted and had her handbag stolen in Duncan Place in Leith early yesterday morning, according to police.

The 42-year-old victim was knocked to the ground by her assailant and kicked several times before he made off with her bag.

Police are describing the attack as “opportunistic,” by a man who decided to take advantage of a lone woman.

A Lothian and Borders Police spokesman added: “Fortunately, the victim did not require medical attention and received only minor injuries, but she was left extremely upset by what happened.”

The woman had walked from the Lloyds TSB cash machine at the foot of Leith Walk, past Leith Primary School and across Duncan Place when the man attacked her.

The robbery happened at 6.20am and the suspect made off towards Leith Links. Police are appealing for any witnesses who may have been in the area at the time of the assault. The suspect is described only as being white, 6ft tall and with a slim to medium build.

There have been numerous attacks in Leith lately. Leith Walk (Richard Webb) / CC BY-SA 2.0

This is the latest in a number of crimes in the Leith area of Edinburgh. A man appeared in court yesterday over an alleged armed robbery in Salamander Court in Leith. The burglary happened less than a ten minute walk from where the female victim was assaulted.

A three-figure sum of money and electrical equipment was stolen during the raid on Sunday September 26.

David Sinclair from Victim Support Scotland, said: “Regrettably, in society today, we are seeing attacks in the street in broad daylight becoming commonplace. As the leading victim support organisation in Scotland we deal with upwards of 100,000 victim referrals every year so a spate of attacks in a particular area of the capital city is not news to us although of course we hope the police catch the perpetrators who carry out these attacks.”