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Man slashed during street robbery in Edinburgh

East Hermitage Place
Image caption The man was attacked in East Hermitage Place near the Lochend Road junction

A 45-year-old man has been slashed on the arm with a bladed weapon and repeatedly kicked as he was robbed in an Edinburgh street.

He was walking in East Hermitage Place near the Lochend Road junction, when he was approached by a man who started talking to him at 21:45 on Saturday.

He then produced a blade and demanded the man hand over his possessions.

During a struggle the victim was cut, repeatedly kicked and robbed of his wallet.

As the assault took place a passing motorist stopped and shouted at the robber who then made off.

Lothian and Borders Police said the thief is white, about 6ft, slim and bald with fair hair at the sides.

He wore a green hooded top with white stripes down the sleeves, dark tracksuit bottoms and had a small white dog with him at the time.

A Lothian and Borders Police spokesman said: "The victim was not seriously injured as a result of this attack but was left shaken and upset at being assaulted and robbed."

Officers are appealing for witnesses to contact them, in particular the motorist who stopped.

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