Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

French tourist robbed at knifepoint in Edinburgh

Dublin Street Lane North

A French tourist who had just arrived in Edinburgh was attacked in the New Town.

The 24-year-old man was grabbed from behind and robbed at knifepoint on Saturday at about 20:00. His laptop, phone and wallet were stolen.

The tourist had been looking for accommodation when he was attacked.

The thieves, who made off in the direction of Broughton Market, are white, in their late 30s and one spoke with a Scottish accent.

The robbery happened at the corner of Broughton Market and Dublin Street.

The first thief was described as 5ft 9ins tall, of broad build, with dark brown hair, clean-shaven, with a Scottish accent and was wearing a zipped up hooded top.

The second suspect 5ft 9ins tall, of slim build, with slight beard, and was wearing a black cap or woolly hat, blue jeans and a black cotton coat with two diagonally angled pockets at the lower front of the jacket.

Det Con Iain Wallace, of Police Scotland, said: "The victim had only just arrived in the city when he was assaulted and robbed, although thankfully he wasn't injured.

"We are appealing for anyone who was in the area of Broughton Market or Dublin Street at about 20:00 on Saturday to get in touch with police.

"We know that a car drove past at the time of the incident as it caused the two males to run off."

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