Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Woman tried to steal baby in Edinburgh street

A woman who tried to steal a baby while her mother was walking with her in Edinburgh is being sought by police.

The 30-year-old mother had stopped the buggy, with the five-month-old girl inside, when another woman took hold of the handles and tried to push it away.

However, she was not able to move the buggy because the brakes were on, and the mother was able to grab it back.

Police said the mother was left shaken by the incident, which took place at 16:30 on Tuesday on Montgomery Street.

The woman was then seen running north towards Easter Road, where she met another woman.

Grabbed buggy

She was described as being between 18 and 20 years old, of slight build, with a pale complexion and yellowing teeth.

The woman had bright piercing blue eyes, shoulder-length black or dark hair, spoke with a local accent and wore no make-up.

She was wearing a white hooded top with navy or royal blue leggings.

A Lothian and Borders Police spokesman said: "Fortunately the child was not injured in this incident, although it has left her mother understandably shaken.

"They had stopped on Montgomery Street to say goodbye to some relatives, and as such we have a good description available of the woman who grabbed the buggy.

"We are very concerned about her behaviour, and there is a suggestion from witnesses that the women may have mental health problems, therefore we are keen to try and identify her."

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