Pensioner in hospital after robber knocks her down flight of stairs

A pensioner has been taken to hospital after being knocked down a flight of stairs by a robber who stole her handbag.

The 81-year-old was walking along Wester Hailes Road towards Wester Hailes Plaza at around 7pm on Wednesday. As she started to climb the stairs of a footbridge, a teenager grabbed for her handbag and plastic carrier bag.

During the struggle, the OAP fell down a number of stairs and injured her arm and shoulder. The robber ran off with her bags and was chased by a member of the public who lost them.

The pensioner was helped up by a man, who was with his young daughter, before she went home and called the police. She then went to hospital where she is still being treated.

The robber was white, 16 or 17 years old and wearing a light coloured two-tone hooded top, light coloured jogging bottoms and trainers.

Lothian and Borders Police are appealing for witnesses and particularly want to speak to the man who helped the pensioner to her feet.

A police spokesman said: "As well as being extremely upset by the theft of her bags, the elderly woman also suffered a painful injury to her arm and shoulder, which required treatment.

"Anyone who was in the Wester Hailes Road area yesterday evening and remembers seeing anything suspicious is asked to contact police immediately.

"We are particularly keen to trace the member of the public who helped the victim up after her fall and would ask him to get in touch as soon as possible."

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