CCTV appeal launched after woman's handbag snatched near church

A 61-year-old woman fell to the ground after her bag was stolen in the attack in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh police launch CCTV appeal after woman’s handbag snatched on London Road Police Scotland
Attack: The woman fell to the ground after her purse was stolen.

Police have launched a CCTV appeal after a woman’s handbag was snatched in Edinburgh.

The theft occurred on London Road near Meadowbank Church on January 6 around 6.35pm.

A 61-year-old woman was waiting to cross the road when her handbag was snatched, causing her to fall to the ground.

Police believe the man pictured in CCTV footage has information that can assist the investigation, and are urging him, or anyone who recognises him, to come forward.

He is described as white, around 5ft 8in, aged 25 to 30, with “straggly” brown hair.

He was wearing a dark parka-style jacket with a fur-lined hood, red or burgundy tracksuit bottoms and trainers.

If anyone has any information regarding the incident or recognises the man in the image, please contact Police Scotland via 101, quoting incident number 2322 of Thursday, January 6 2022.

Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be given anonymously.