Man mugged in underpass as he was walking to work

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A 30-YEAR-OLD man was assaulted and robbed as he walked through an underpass in Edinburgh on his way to work.

Two men, described as being eastern European, attacked the man and stole his wallet and mobile phone.

The mugging happened at around 9.30pm yesterday, in the underpass running beneath Calder Road, near the Bankhead Industrial Estate.

The victim suffered bruising to his legs and body but did not require hospital treatment.

Police are appealing anyone who was in the area at the time to come forward.

The first thug was described as being 5ft 9ins tall and stocky, and was wearing a dark jacket with the hood up.

The other was thought to be slightly shorter and slimmer, wearing light-coloured clothing and a grey scarf covering the lower half of his face.

Both men were believed to be in their mid to late 20s.

A police spokesman said: “While the victim was not seriously injured, he was understandably shaken as a result of what happened, and we are appealing for anyone with information that can assist us in tracing his two assailants to come forward.

“Anyone who was in the area at the time the assault took place, who either saw what happened or saw the two suspects acting suspiciously there, should contact police immediately.

“Similarly, anyone who recognises the description of the two men, or who has any other information that can help our inquiries, should also get in touch.”

Anyone with information should contact Lothian and Borders Police on 0131 311 3131, or Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555 111.

By Christine Lavelle

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