Disabled man knocked out of wheelchair during sick handbag robberies in Edinburgh

COPS are hunting sick thugs who knocked a disabled man out of his wheelchair during a robbery in Edinburgh.

The 25-year-old was being pushed in his chair by his mum, 42, when two yobs tried to snatch her handbag.

The teens pushed the woman and grabbed her bag from her shoulder during the 5.40pm attack

Officers said her son fell from his wheelchair during the struggle.

The first suspect is described as a tall black male of medium build with short curly hair.

The second is described as a tall white male, of medium build with light brown hair.

The man was knocked from his wheelchair on Crown Street
He was wearing a grey hoodie with the hood up around his face.

Both thugs are believed to be aged 17-19.

Meanwhile, a woman was robbed later that night at around 7.45pm.

She was approached from behind by two men who grabbed her phone and handbag on the capital’s Bellvue Street .

The traumatised 25-year-old was pushed to the ground and kicked before the suspects made off along McDonald Place.

The second victim was targeted on Bellvue Road
The first suspect is described as a white male, aged 25-30, around 5ft 9ins tall and of slim build. He was wearing a dark jacket with the hood up and dark trousers.
The second suspect is described as a white male, aged 25-30, around 5ft 7ins tall, slim build, with light brown hair. He was wearing a green jacket with the hood up, a grey scarf with black stripes, dark grey jogging bottoms and black trainers.

The two incidents are not thought to be related and none of the victims were injured.

Detective Sergeant Mark Lumsden of Gayfield CID said: “We are eager to speak to anyone who may have witnessed either incident or knows who is responsible.

“I would ask anyone who recognises the description of the suspects and can help us identify them to please come forward.

“We do not believe that these incidents are linked, however, would appeal for anyone with information on either incident to contact us immediately.”

Those with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or alternatively the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Source: https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/scottish-news/1740300/disabled-man-knocked-out-of-wheelchair-during-sick-handbag-robberies-in-edinburgh/

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