Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Man, 83, attacked in East Lothian home by thief

Police are appealing for witnesses after an 83-year-old man was attacked by a thief in his East Lothian home.

The pensioner was inside his house in Ladywell, Musselburgh, just after 13:00 on Sunday when a man called at his door offering to carry out work.

The thief then managed to enter the house where a "minor" struggle took place.

The victim was then robbed of a three-figure sum of cash before the man made off and police were contacted.

Police said detectives were carrying out inquiries in the area in a bid to trace the man and urged witnesses to come forward.

Bogus workman

He was described as being white, in his late 40s, about 5ft 10ins tall with messy, short brown hair and a dirty-looking complexion.

He was wearing a blue rain jacket, light-coloured shirt and dark trousers, which were said to be dirty.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: "While this appears to have been an attempted bogus workman incident, it has become a robbery within the elderly victim's home.

"Fortunately the victim was not injured during this robbery but was left very shaken and we are eager to speak to anyone who remembers seeing anything suspicious in or around Ladywell on Sunday afternoon.

"Similarly, anyone who recognises the description of the suspect is also asked to get in touch."

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