Glasgow & West Scotland

Sick man robbed in Paisley as he looked for hospital

A 52-year-old man was robbed in Paisley while he tried to find a hospital because he was feeling unwell.

The attack happened in Queen Street at about 1540 BST on Sunday.

The victim had got off a bus and was thrown to the ground when he stopped near Bethany Evangelical Church to ask a passer-by for directions.

Police described the attack as "disgusting" and praised four teenagers who got off another bus to help the man.

A Strathclyde Police spokesman said while the man asked for directions another man approached, pushed him down and stole his wallet.

When four teenagers intervened the robber claimed he was the victim before running off towards Broomlands and Maxwellton Street.

Special thanks

Det Con Iain Hamilton said: "This was a completely disgusting attack on this man who was trying to seek medical attention when he was robbed of his wallet containing a small amount of cash.

"I would like to say special thanks to the four teenagers who helped the man and no doubt stopped him from being seriously injured."

He said they wanted to speak to people in a small hatchback car who stopped to offer help.

The robber was described as white, about 5ft 6ins (1.68m) tall and very thin. He had messy, short, dark brown hair and a local accent.

He was wearing a light blue tracksuit top with striped sleeves, dark blue tracksuit bottoms and scruffy white trainers.

An ambulance took the victim to Royal Alexandria Hospital. He was later released after being treated.

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