Muggers assault elderly man before making off with his £2,000 watch


A 65-YEAR-OLD man was assaulted and robbed of his £2,000 watch by two thugs who attacked him as he walked down a street in Edinburgh.

The mugging took place at around 10.40pm on Monday in the Tower Place area, where the victim was approached and grabbed from behind by a man.

A second man then demanded he handed over his personal possessions and searched the elderly victim for valuables before taking off with the gold Baume and Mercier watch.

The watch fell to the ground during the assault, and both the men made off along Tower Street towards the Malmaison hotel.

Police are now appealing for anyone who was in the area or witnessed anything suspicious to come forward.

The suspects are both described as white, in their 20s, around 5ft 10ins tall with thin builds.

They were wearing dark tops, dark jeans and dark trainers and spoke with local accents.

The stolen watch had white and yellow gold bracelet and black face and is valued at £2,000.

A police spokesman said: “Fortunately the victim did not suffer any injuries, however, he is deeply upset at having had a valuable watch stolen from him.

“Anyone who was in or around Tower Street and witnessed the incident or recognises the description of the suspects is asked to contact police immediately.

“Similarly, anyone with information that can assist with our enquiries should also come forward.”

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