Woman, 84, punched at Princes Street cash machine

Police have said two men were carrying hammers, and one a large bladed weapon. Picture: TSPL
Police have said two men were carrying hammers, and one a large bladed weapon. Picture: TSPL
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POLICE in Edinburgh are appealing for information after an elderly woman was assaulted as she withdrew money from a city centre cash machine.

• Woman, 84, punched as she withdrew money at West End of Princes Street

• Attacker described as white, 35-45-years-old, and up to 5ft 7ins tall

The incident happened on Monday at around 11:30am, at the RBS branch at the West End of Princes Street.

The woman, who is 84-years-old, was withdrawing money from the machine when she was approached by a man who punched her in the side. He demanded she hand over cash, however she refused and walked off.

The suspect is described as white, 35 to 45-years-old, 5ft 5ins to 5ft 7ins tall, medium build, with a round face. He was wearing dark scruffy clothing, and had a Scottish accent.

Detective Sergeant Lynsey Thomson said: “While the elderly woman wasn’t injured, she was understandably shaken by what happened, and we are appealing for any information that can help us trace the suspect.

“Anyone who witnessed the incident, or who was in the area and was approached by the suspect, should contact police. Likewise anyone who recognises his description should also get in touch.”

Anyone with information should contact Police Scotland on 101, or make an anonymous report through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.