Mar 122012


Lothian and Borders Police are appealing for witnesses after a teenager was assaulted and robbed in Musselburgh, East Lothian.

Two 14-year-old boys were walking home at around 8.40pm yesterday (Sunday) and had just crossed the junction opposite the Shell petrol station when a man, who was standing at the corner of Edinburgh Road and Newhailes Road, approached them.

The man engaged them in conversation before stealing an iPhone from one of the boys.

When the victim tried to retrieve the phone, the suspect punched him to the face.

Both youths then fled and entered the petrol station where they observed the man making off up Newhailes Road before being lost to sight.

Police are now urging anyone who witnessed this robbery to come forward.

The suspect is described as white, between 17 and 18-years-old with a skinny build, stubbly and pockmarked complexion and messy and greasy black hair. He was wearing a black deerstalker hat, black Adidas tracksuit top, a dark grey hooded top, black tracksuit bottoms, dark trainers and he spoke with a local accent.

A police spokesman said: “The youngster was left with a painful injury to his face and was distraught at the theft of his phone.

“Thankfully, he did not require medical attention. However, we are looking to trace the man responsible as soon as possible and anyone who can assist with our enquiries is asked to contact police immediately.

“We are keen to hear from anyone who was in the area and saw anything suspicious, or anyone who can help identify the suspect and would ask them to get in touch. ”

Anyone with any information can contact Lothian and Borders Police on 0131 311 3131, or the charity Crimestoppers in confidence and complete anonymity on 0800 555 111.