Victim chased attackers for a mile through streets of Edinburgh

The Meadows in the Edinburgh.
Meadows: The man was attacked and robbed in the park.Deadline

A man chased his attackers almost a mile through Edinburgh after he was punched in the face and robbed.

The 30-year-old was walking through Middle Meadow Walk in the Meadows at around 10.30pm on Monday when two men approached him and became confrontational.

One of them punched him in the face, knocked him to the ground and continued to assault him. They grabbed his personal belongings and ran off.

The man got help from another member of the public and the two of them ran after the robbers towards George Square. In the square, a member of Edinburgh University staff joined the chase.

The three men then followed the robbers to Waverley Station, where the two suspects jumped onto the railway tracks and disappeared.

The first man was white, in his early to mid 40s, 5ft 11ins tall with an unshaven appearance. He was wearing a green jacket, khaki-coloured hunting-style hat with earflaps, scarf, black trousers, gloves and was carrying a rucksack.

The other man was also white, 6ft tall, of a medium build with short cropped dark hair and was wearing a light-coloured jacket.

Lothian and Borders Police want to speak to anyone who may have seen the chase.

Detective Constable John McShane said: "Despite what must have been a very frightening experience for the victim, he was not seriously injured and continued to pursue his attackers as they made off from the Meadows.

"Given the distance the suspects have travelled, there are potentially many members of the public who remember seeing men matching their description make their way towards George Square and then on towards Waverly Station.

"We are currently reviewing local CCTV and working alongside British Transport Police and are keen to hear from anyone who believes they can assist with our enquiries.

"Anyone who can help identify these men is asked to contact police immediately."

Anyone with information can contact Lothian and Borders Police on 0131 311 3131 or through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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