Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Police probe link in two Edinburgh muggings

Police are investigating whether two reports of a man mugging two teenagers in separate incidents in Edinburgh are linked.

The first was at 16:20 on Sunday on the canal tow path, near the Wester Hailes Education Centre when a 14-year-old boy was threatened and robbed of his phone.

A similar incident was then reported to police on Tuesday in Calder Gardens.

A 16-year-old was walking past Sighthill Primary School when a man with a knife held him up.

The teenager handed over his phone and the thief made off towards Wester Hailes Road.

Facial scars

In both incidents the suspect was described as white, about 25 years old, of average height and slim build. He had scars on his face and two small tattoos on his neck, possibly squares or Chinese symbols.

He was wearing a hooded top and jogging bottoms.

A Lothian and Borders Police spokesman said: "Neither victim was injured during either robbery.

"Nevertheless, they were left shaken and upset at the theft of their phones.

"Anyone who remembers seeing any suspicious activity around either the canal tow path on Saturday, or the Calder Garden area on Tuesday is asked to contact police immediately.

"We are also keen to hear from anyone who recognises the description of the suspect, or who has any other information that can help with these investigations."

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