Man hunted by police after repeatedly pushing walkers into Union Canal

Police Scotland has received several reports of the man throwing unsuspecting walkers into the water.

‘Balding’ Edinburgh man hunted by police after repeatedly pushing walkers into Union Canal Police Scotland
Officers are to be deployed along the canal path.

Specialist patrols are to be deployed near a major Edinburgh waterway after police received a slew of complaints over a ‘balding’ man deliberately pushing walkers into the Union Canal.

Uniformed officers will be stationed along the banks of the artery in the south-west of the city after several unsuspecting passers-by were targeted.

The path, which stretches almost the length of Edinburgh, is a popular route for pedestrians and is used by hundreds of cyclists every day.

Most of the reports are understood to have come from the Meggetland area of the city, near Polwarth.

Local officers have asked anyone with information on the identity of the culprit to come forward and share information with the force.

The man is described as being white with a tanned complexion, around 60-years-old and between 5’7 and 5’10 in height.

An official Police Scotland description added he was “balding with grey hair” and has a ‘stocky’ build.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crimestoppers on 101.