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Woman robbed as husband has seizure in Edinburgh

A thief stole a woman's purse while she tended to her husband who was having a seizure.

The suspect stopped and appeared to be helping the woman, who had put her husband into the recovery position.

But he then ran off, and the 33-year-old woman realised her purse had been stolen from her jacket.

The incident happened between 08:45 and 09:00 on Monday on the Union Canal towpath in the Wester Hailes area of Edinburgh.

Police said the couple had been walking their dog when the husband suffered a seizure. His wife had used her jacket to support his head.

The thief was described as being white, about 5ft 6in tall, of slim build with light brown hair.

He had two front teeth missing, a scar on his right cheek and was wearing a dark hooded top and grey jogging bottoms with orange stripes.

Insp Stevie Dolan, of Police Scotland, said: "This was a sickening and opportunistic theft that took place while the victim was tending to her husband.

"Anyone who was in or around the Union Canal towpath on Monday morning and remembers seeing this male is asked to contact police immediately.

"Similarly, anyone with any other information that can assist with our enquiries is also asked to get in touch."

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