Tayside and Central Scotland

Pensioner, 88, dies after Stirling robbery attempt

An 88-year-old man has died in hospital, days after being the victim of an attempted robbery in Stirling.

The pensioner was found by a passer-by at an underpass near Lover's Walk in the town's Riverside area on Tuesday 19 April at about 1450 BST.

Central Scotland Police said he had been approached by a man who tried to rob him, resulting in the pensioner being pushed to the ground and injured.

A post-mortem examination will be held to determine how the pensioner died.

Det Insp Ronnie Isles said: "The gentleman, who was the subject of an assault with intent to rob, sadly died on Monday 25 April in Stirling Royal Infirmary.

"I am therefore renewing my appeal for information and asking anyone who can help us trace the person responsible to contact the police immediately.

"It's vitally important that anyone who was in the area of Lover's Walk last Tuesday afternoon and who saw anyone acting suspiciously, or who saw the incident itself, comes forward."

Black jacket

Police have described the suspect as being aged between 21 and 40, about 6ft tall, with a slim build and short dark hair. He was wearing a blue jumper and dark trousers.

The force said the incident could be linked to another robbery involving a 70-year-old woman, who was targeted in the Trossachs town of Callander the same day.

She told police a man had tried to grab her bag as she walked on the Callander Meadows at about 1700 BST.

She said she kept hold of the bag but that the man had been able to steal some money before fleeing in the direction of Kilmahog.

The woman described her attacker as being about 5ft 10in, with a slim build, and was wearing a black jacket and trousers. His face was covered.

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