A MAN was robbed of his mobile phone in Edinburgh's New Town at the weekend.
A SPECIAL police squad has been launched to tackle soaring mobile phone theft as figures show 15 handsets are now stolen in the Lothians every day.
MOBILE phone networks are for the first time to be measured on how quickly they block stolen handsets, it was announced today.
MOBILE phone users who lose their handsets but then falsely report them as stolen were today being targeted in a police campaign.
MOBILE phones are being snatched every two hours in Edinburgh after another rise in handset thefts.
MOBILE phone users are having their handsets snatched every second day in the Capital, leading police to warn people about how they use their phones in public.
TWO men assaulted and robbed a young woman of her mobile phone as she walked home after a night out in the Capital.
MORE than 5000 mobile phones are being stolen every year in the Lothians, with a user being mugged for their handset every second day.
A VIOLENT mobile-phone thief was yesterday locked up for four years and ordered to serve at least three years before being considered for parole.