A teenager was targeted by a robber after withdrawing money from a cash machine.
Police are appealing for information after the attempted theft happened on Bonnyrigg High Street in Midlothian at around 3.20pm on Tuesday.
The 16-year-old had just withdrawn money from an ATM when he was approached by the man, who tried unsuccessfully to grab the money out of his hand before making off down the High Street.
The man is described as white, 6ft 2ins tall with tattoos on his neck and wearing a tracksuit.
A police spokesman said: "Thankfully the suspect was unsuccessful in his attempt to rob the intended victim, who was not injured in the encounter.
"We are appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident, or who noticed the suspect in Bonnyrigg High Street yesterday afternoon, to contact us.
"At this time we would advise anyone withdrawing cash from a bank machine to be wary of anyone acting suspiciously in the area, and avoid using the machine if they think they may be targeted.
"Likewise people should take steps to shield their PIN, and avoid being distracted if anyone approaches them while they are using a bank machine.
"In addition, we would advise that people discreetly put their money and card away before leaving the machine."
Further information is available on how to prevent cash machine crime is available through the following websit www.financialfraudaction.org.uk
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