Two men threaten pensioner with knife in robbery bid

A 66-year-old was threatened at knife point in an attempted robbery.

Threatened: Police hunting for the men responsible.
Threatened: Police hunting for the men responsible.

Two men threatened a pensioner with a knife during an attempted robbery in Edinburgh.

The 66-year-old victim was on Gayfield Square on Friday when he was approached by the men at around 3.45pm.

They threatened him with a knife and demanded money but left empty handed when the victim refused.

Police investigating the incident are appealing for information as they bid to trace those responsible.

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The victim was uninjured but badly shaken as a result of the incident.

Both suspects are described as being whit and in their mid-to-late 20s.

The first was around 6ft 1ins with a slim build and dark hair. 

He was wearing a dark blue parka-style jacket with a fur hood, dark coloured trousers and white trainers.

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The second suspect is described as being around 5ft 10ins and of a slim build.

He was wearing a black jacket, dark-coloured trousers, a white t-shirt and a black cap.

Detective Constable Joanne Robertson from Gayfield Police Station said: “We have been carrying out enquiries in the local area and studying CCTV footage to gather more information on these two men. 

“We believe that they may have approached other members of the public in Elm Row and Picardy Place and asked them for money too. 

“I would ask anyone who was approached or who was in the area at the time on Friday afternoon and saw these two men, to come forward.”